Assistant Professor, Economics
Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 2012
Urban economics, development economics, applied econometrics
Alexander D. Rothenberg is an Assistant Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. He is an applied microeconomist whose research interests lie at the intersection of development and urban economics. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Professor Rothenberg was an economist at the RAND Corporation, and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research studies the effects of different urban, regional, and private-sector policy interventions. Using a combination of reduced form and structural techniques, his work examines the causal impacts of these policies on growth and development outcomes, whether they have adverse, unintended consequences, and how they might be improved. His ongoing research evaluating the effects of different urban transport policies on commuting outcomes in Jakarta, the long-term growth and development outcomes of a place-based policy in Indonesia's outer Islands, the impacts of a rural migration program on diversity and identity, and how transport improvements affect firm entry and employment. Professor Rothenberg received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2012. Full Biography
Spatial Equilibrium Models
Local Labor Markets
Trade and Development
Research Grants and Awards
Principal Investigator. "Policy Options for Increasing Mobility in Developing Country Cities: Evidence from Jakarta,"
funded by RAND Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP). 2016.
Principal Investigator. "Agglomeration Externalities, Spatial Policies and Welfare: Evidence from Indonesia," Funded by Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL). 2014-2016.
Co-Principal Investigator. "The Effects of Transport Infrastructure Improvements on Poverty, Regional Growth, and Welfare: Evidence from Indonesia," with Paul J. Gertler. Funded by USAID Economic Research Partnership Grant. 2013-2014.