Alexander Rothenberg

Associate Economist
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in economics and mathematics, University of Virginia

Overview

Alex Rothenberg is an associate economist with the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, Rothenberg was a research assistant at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and a graduate student instructor at the University of California, Berkeley. Rothenberg received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2012.

Rothenberg is an applied micro-economist with a background in applied econometrics, program evaluation, development, international trade, transportation, and urban economics. He has extensive experience with structural econometric modeling and reduced form techniques. His ongoing research involves work on agglomeration externalities and spatial policies in Indonesia, an evaluation of Indonesia's Transmigration program, and an examination of the impact of infrastructure improvements on firm entry and employment in Indonesia.

Recent Projects

  • Estimating Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks: Evidence from Indonesia
  • Road Quality and Local Economic Activity: Evidence from Indonesia's Highways
  • Skill Transferability, Migration, and Development: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia
  • Ethnic Diversity and Nation Building: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia
  • Transport Infrastructure and Firm Location Choice in Equilibrium: Evidence from Indonesia's Highways

Selected Publications

Rothenberg, A., A. Gaduh, N. Burger, C. Chazali, I. Tjandraningsih, R. Radikun, C. Sutera, and S. Weilant, "Rethinking Indonesia's Informal Sector," World Development, 80:96-113, 2016 (forthcoming)

Poczter, S., P. Gertler, and A. Rothenberg, "Financial Crisis and Productivity Evolution: Evidence from Indonesia," The World Economy, 37(5):705-731, 2014

Glennerster, R., E. Miguel, and A. Rothenberg, "Collective Action in Diverse Sierra Leone Communities," The Economic Journal, 123(568):285-316, 2013

Rothenberg, A. and F. E. Warnock, "Sudden Flight and True Sudden Stops," Review of International Economics, 19(3):509-524, 2011

Faucette, J., A. Rothenberg and F. Warnock, "Outflows-induced Sudden Stops," Journal of Policy Reform, 8(2):119-129, 2005

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Spotlight Award, 2014
  • Center for Equitable Growth Dissertation Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Fischer Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics Dissertation Fellowship, 2009-2010

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