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 2015-16 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 Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise and the Clark program in Urban Development and Social Change.

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

"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.

"Bringing the Campus to the Community:  An Examination of the Clark University Park Partnershp after Ten Years", (with Jacqueline Geoghegan).  In Large Land Owners.  Editor:  Raphael Bostic.  Cambridge, MA:  Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, 2009. 

"Regions and Time in the European Fertility Transition: Problems in the Princeton Project's Statistical Methodology", (with Timothy Guinnane) Economic History Review, 60(3) (August, 2007), pp. 574-595.

"Estimating the Comparative Advantage Gains from Trade: Evidence from Japan" (with Daniel Bernhofen), American Economic Review 95(1) (March, 2005), pp. 208-225.

"A Direct Test of the Theory of Comparative Advantage: The Case of Japan" (with Daniel Bernhofen), Journal of Political Economy 12(1)(February, 2004), pp. 48-67.

"The History of the Modern Career: Introduction" (with David Mitch and Marco Van Leeuwen) in John C. Brown, David Mitch, and Marco Van Leeuwen, eds., Origins of the Modern Career: Career Paths and Job Stability in Europe and North America, 1850-1950, Ashgate Press, 2004.

"Working Class Careers: On-the-Job Experience and Career Formation in Munich, 1895-1910" (with Gerhard Neumeier), in John C. Brown, David Mitch, and Marco Van Leeuwen, eds., Origins of the Modern Career: Career Paths and Job Stability in Europe and North America, 1850-1950, Ashgate Press, 2004).

"Public Health," "Sanitation," and "Water Supply," Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History: Oxford University Press, 2003.

"Fertility Transition in a Rural, Catholic Population: Bavaria, 1880-1910," (with Timothy Guinnane), Population Studies, March, 2002.

"Job Tenure and Labor Market Dynamics during High Industrialization: The Case of Germany before World War I" (with Gerhard Neumeier). European Review of Economic History, 5(August, 2001), pp. 189-218.

“Economics and Infant Mortality Decline in German Towns, 1891-1912” in Sally Sheard and Helen Powell, eds., The Body and the City, Liverpool Press, 2000.

"Wer bezahlte die hygienische Stadt? Finanzielle Aspekte der sanitaren Reformen in England, USA, und Deutschland um 1910" {Who Paid for the Sanitary City? Issues and evidence Ca. 1910] in Jorg Vogele and Wolfgang Woelk, eds. Stadt, Krankheit, und Tod. Duncker and Humblot, 2000.