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Robert's research focuses on urban and regional economic development-why it is that some cities and regions prosper while others stagnate, and what that means for their residents. In a second line of research he studies how economic inequality affects US society.
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Argues that a key and underappreciated driver of the racial income gap has been the national trend of rising income inequality.
Examine the correspondence between Phoenix metro area restaurants identified by a social media source (yelp.com) and those from an administrative source (Maricopa Association of Governments [MAG]). Finds that they capture largely disjoint subsets of Phoenix restaurants, with only about one-third of restaurants in each data set present in the other.
Estimates rates of "absolute income mobility" - the fraction of children who earn more than their parents - by combining historical data from Census and CPS cross-sections with panel data for recent birth cohorts from de-identified tax records.