Alexander Rothenberg

Associate Economist
Washington Office


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


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, and urban economics. He has extensive experience with structural econometric modeling and reduced form techniques. His ongoing research involves a variety of projects, including transportation infrastructure and firm location choice in Indonesia, household community participation and ethnic diversity in Sierra Leone, the impact of macroeconomic shocks (the Asian financial crisis) and regional developments (road improvements) on firm entry and employment in Indonesia, and an evaluation of Indonesia's transmigration program.

Recent Projects

  • Transport Infrastructure and Firm Location Choice in Equilibrium: Evidence from Indonesia's Highways
  • Transport Infrastructure and Socioeconomic Development: Evidence from Banana Company Railroads in Honduras (with Bryan S. Graham)
  • Financial Crisis and Productivity Evolution for Indonesia's Manufacturing Industries (with Sharon L. Poczter and Paul J. Gertler)
  • Identity, Language, and Cultural Transmission: Evidence from Indonesia's Transmigration Program (with Samuel Bazzi, Arya Gaduh, and Maisy Wong)

Selected Publications

Glennerster, R., E. Miguel, and A. Rothenberg, "Collective Action in Diverse Sierra Leone Communities," The Economic Journal (forthcoming)

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

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

Honors & Awards

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