Alexander D. Rothenberg

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


Alex Rothenberg is an economist with the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He 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. Rothenberg's ongoing research involves work on transport policies in Jakarta, 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.

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.

Recent Projects

  • Ethnic Diversity and Nation Building: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia
  • Policy Options for Increasing Mobility in Developing Country Cities: Evidence from Jakarta
  • Estimating Productivity Spillovers Using the Structure of Production Networks: Evidence from Indonesia
  • Road Quality and Local Economic Activity: Evidence from Indonesia's Highways
  • 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, 2016

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

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

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

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

Bazzi, S., A. Gaduh, A. Rothenberg and M. Wong, "Skill Transferability, Migration, and Development: Evidence from Population Resettlement in Indonesia," American Economic Review, 106(9), 2016

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


  • Indonesian farmers transporting crops beside an irrigation canal

    Matching and Migration: Lessons from a Resettlement Programme in Indonesia

    With careful planning, resettlement remains a feasible and politically attractive option for coping with environmentally-induced migration in many settings. The lessons from Indonesia's Transmigration program can help inform ongoing resettlement planning.

    Apr 5, 2016 International Growth Centre Blog