Publications


Mobility and Congestion in Urban India (with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts))

What are the determinants of urban travel speed in a developing country?

American Economic Review, conditionally accepted

Media Coverage: The Hindu, Mint, Times of India 1, 2, Hindustan Times, Knowledge@Wharton | Popular summary: VoxEU, Ideas for India, World Economic Forum



Income Growth and the Distributional Effects of Urban Spatial Sorting (with Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Erik Hurst (Chicago))

Does rising income inequality cause urban gentrification, and what are the consequences for poor households?

Review of Economic Studies, accepted

Media Coverage: USA Today, The New York Review of Books | Popular summary: Bloomberg CityLab, Chicago Booth Capital Ideas Blog



Urban Revival in America (with Jessie Handbury (Wharton))

Why have college-educated Americans become increasingly likely to live downtown since the 1990s?

Journal of Urban Economics, 2021

Media Coverage: New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Bloomberg, Forbes, Seeking Alpha | Popular summary: Bloomberg CityLab



Connecting the Countryside via E-commerce: Evidence from China (with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Yizhen Gu (Peking University), and Lizhi Liu (Georgetown))

American Economic Review: Insights, 2021.

Can e-commerce trading bridge the urban-rural divide in developing countries?

Replication File

Media Coverage: VoxDev, VoxChina, J-Pal | Featured in: World Development Report 2020, World Trade Report 2018, AEA Research Highlight, World Bank Blog, Luohan Academy



JUE Insight: Measuring Movement and Social Contact with Smartphone Data: a Real-Time Application to Covid-19, with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), Jessie Handbury (Wharton), and Kevin Williams (Yale)

How suitable are smartphone data for quantifying movement and social contact?

Journal of Urban Economics, 2021

Github repository of smartphone movement data for Covid19 research | Popular summary: Berkeley Haas News



Speed, (with Gilles Duranton (Wharton) and Matt Turner (Brown))

Review of Economics and Statistics, 2018

What are the determinant of driving speed, and the cost of traffic congestion in the United States?

Replication File



Knowledge Spillovers in Cities: An Auction Approach

Journal of Economic Theory, 2015

How do urban environments favor the free flow of knowledge and ideas?




Working Papers


Valuing the Consumption Benefits of Urban Density

American Economic Journal: Econ Policy, Reject and Resubmit

How valuable is the variety of non-tradable services available to residents of urban areas?



Selected Work in Progress


Quantifying Social Interactions Using Smartphone Data, with Jonathan Dingel (Chicago), Allison Green (Princeton), and Jessie Handbury (Wharton)

How do people value social interactions with different demographic groups?


The Gains from Online Integration: Theory and Evidence from China, with Ben Faber (UC Berkeley), Cecile Gaubert (UC Berkeley), and Yizhen Gu (Peking University)

How did the spread of broadband and mobile internet in China affect spatial inequality and economic growth over the past two decades?


The Fast, the Slow, and the Congested: Urban Transportation in Rich and Poor Countries, with Prottoy Akbar (Pittsburgh), Gilles Duranton (Wharton), and Adam Storeygard (Tufts)

How does urban mobility vary with a country's level of economic development?