David Folch is a PhD student in the San Diego State University/University of California, Santa Barbara Joint Doctoral program. He joined the program in Fall 2005 after completing his Master's degree in economics at George Washington University. Before entering graduate school, David worked for seven years as an economic development consultant for a range of public and private sector clients. This work introduced him to the powerful interplay between economics and geography and the cutting-edge results that can be achieved when these two disciples are leveraged.
David's general research interests are economic geography, urban and regional modeling, spatial econometrics and public policy. Recent projects have included industrial clustering using firm level data and analyzing the spatial distribution of firms within a region. His working dissertation title is, "Measuring the Spatial Relationship Between Wages, Rents and Amenities."
David will spend the 2006/2007 academic year at UCSB.