Faculty Biography

John C. Brown

John C. Brown, Ph.D.

Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jonas Clark Hall room 226
Phone: (508) 793-7390
Email: jbrown@clarku.edu

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Brown received a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1978 and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984 and 1987, respectively.

Dr. Brown is a research economist with the Program in Cohort Studies of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  During 2015-17 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Regional and Community Outreach Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  He is also affiliated with the Clark program in Urban Studies.

Current Research and Teaching

Dr. Brown is an urban economist and economic historian with research interests in contemporary issues of mid-sized older industrial cities, international trade and historical demography (fertility and mortality).  He teaches courses in urban economics, the history of the world economy, principles, and statistics.

Selected Publications

"Involvement, Engagement, and Community:  Dimensions and Correlates of Parental Participation in a Majority-Minority Urban School District."  (with Erin M. Graves and Mary A. Burke) Urban Education (2020):DOI 0042085920902245.

"On the Genius Behind David Ricardo's 1817 Formulation of Comparative Advantage" (with Daniel M. Bernhofen), Journal of Economic Perspectives, 32(4), (Fall, 2018), 227-240.

"Infant Mortality Decline in Rural and Urban Bavaria:  fertility, economic transformation, infant care, and inequality in Bavaria and Munich, 1825-1910" (with Timothy Guianne), Economic History Review, 71(3) (August, 2018), 853-886.

"Testing the General Validity of the Heckscher-Ohlin Theorem."  American Economic Journal:  Microeconomics, 8(4)(November, 2016): 54-90. (with Daniel M. Berhnhofen)

"Spatially-Delineated Public Goods and Spatially-Located Public Bads:  A Hedonic Approach to Measuring Urban Revitalization."  John Brown (with Jacqueline Geoghegan).  Agricultural Resource Economics Review, 40(3):  360-374, 2011.