Nathaniel Baum-Snow

Associate Professor of Economics
Stephen Robert Associate Professor of Economics


Nathaniel Baum-Snow received his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2005 and is the Stephen Robert Associate Professor of Economics. He has been affiliated with the PSTC at Brown University since 2005. Baum-Snow is also affiliated with Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Baum-Snow is currently working to better understand trends in the spatial distribution of population and employment in U.S. metropolitan areas. In particular, he is investigating the role of transportation infrastructure in the location decisions of firms and households. In addition, he is investigating the role of local public goods such as school quality in determining residential location decisions by race. In addition, in collaboration with Ronni Pavan (University of Rochester), Baum-Snow has an NSF grant to study reasons for urban wage premia.


Education, Housing, Labor economics, Land use patterns, Spatial analysis, Transportation, Urbanization