Diego Puga

Diego  Puga
  • Judith C. and William G. Bollinger Visiting Professorship Visiting Professor of Real Estate

Contact Information

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    425 Vance Hall; 3733 Spruce Street

Overview

Current employment

Judith C. and William G. Bollinger Visiting Professorship; Visiting Professor of Real Estate, Wharton School, July 1, 2019-present
Professor, CEMFI, 2012–present.

Past employment
Research Professor, Madrid Institute for Advanced Studies (IMDEA) Social Sciences, 2007–2012.
Professor of Economics and CREI Research Associate, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2006–2007.
Associate Professor of Economics (tenured), University of Toronto, Department of Economics, 2003–2006.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Toronto, Department of Economics, 1998–2003.
Research Officer, London School of Economics, Centre for Economic Performance, 1996–1998.

Education
PhD in Economics, London School of Economics, 1997.
Regional Integration and the Location of Economic Activity. Supervisor: Anthony J. Venables.
MSc in Economics, London School of Economics, 1993.
Licenciado en Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 1991.

Awards and Fellowships
Fundación Banco Herrero Prize, 2008 (awarded annually to a Spanish researcher under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to economics or social sciences).
Geoffrey J. D. Hewings Award, 2005 (awarded annually by the North American Regional Science Council for distinguished contributions to regional science research).
John Charles Polanyi Prize, 2000 (awarded by the Government of Ontario to young researchers).
Fellow of the Regional Science Association International and the European Economic Association.
Banco de España Scholarship, 1994–1996.
“La Caixa”-The British Council Scholarship, 1992–1993.

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Research

Selected publications

“International Trade and Institutional Change: Medieval Venice’s Response to Globalisation,” with D. Trefler, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 129 (2014), 753-821.

“The Productivity Advantages of Large Cities: Distinguishing Agglomeration from Firm Selection,” with P-P. Combes, G. Duranton, L. Gobillon, and S. Roux, Econometrica, 80 (2012), 2543-2594.

“Ruggedness: The Blessing of Bad Geography in Africa,” with N. Nunn, Review of Economics and Statistics 94 (2012), 20-36.

“Causes of Sprawl: A Portrait from Space,” with M. Burchfield, H. G. Overman, and M. A. Turner, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 121 (2006), 587-633.

“Nursery Cities: Urban Diversity, Process Innovation, and the Life Cycle of Products,” with G. Duranton, American Economic Review 91 (2001), 1454-1477.

“The Rise and Fall of Regional Inequalities,” European Economic Review 43 (1999), 303-334.

Teaching

Current Courses

  • REAL946 - Adv Topic In Urban Econ

    This course addresses advanced topics in urban and real estate economics. The course will mix theory and empirics and will cover a broad range of topics including the modeling and estimation of agglomeration economies, land use and urban costs, transportation in cities, urban growth, migration between cities etc. The classes will mix formal presentations made by the instructor and student-led discussions of recent academic papers. In addition to presentations, students will be expected to complete a series of assignments including a short original research paper. Prerequisite: All PhD students will be expected to complete a research paper in addition to the successful completion of the course examination requirements. The course assumes that students have familiarity with standard first year econometrics and microeconomics.

    REAL946001 ( Syllabus )

Past Courses

  • REAL946 - ADV TOPIC IN URBAN ECON

    This course addresses advanced topics in urban and real estate economics. The course will mix theory and empirics and will cover a broad range of topics including the modeling and estimation of agglomeration economies, land use and urban costs, transportation in cities, urban growth, migration between cities etc. The classes will mix formal presentations made by the instructor and student-led discussions of recent academic papers. In addition to presentations, students will be expected to complete a series of assignments including a short original research paper. Prerequisite: All PhD students will be expected to complete a research paper in addition to the successful completion of the course examination requirements. The course assumes that students have familiarity with standard first year econometrics and microeconomics.

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