Rahul Gupta

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Senior Policy Scholar

Ph.D., Business Economics and Strategy, Duke University; M.A., Economics, Boston University

Research Interests

  • Local Labor Markets
  • Place-Based Policies
  • Economics of Innovation


Rahul Gupta is an Assistant Professor in the McDonough School of Business. Professor Gupta’s main research areas and expertise are in labor and urban economics. His research seeks to explain phenomena influencing the spatial organization of firms as well as impacts on workers through technological innovation. Broadly speaking, his main research thread focuses on forces that lead to the spatial clustering of industries and activities such as innovation and entrepreneurship. Professor Gupta’s ongoing projects attempt to assess the welfare impacts of policies seeking to stimulate local economies through subsidies to large firms. He is a Special Sworn Status researcher in the U.S. Census Bureau using tax and Census records on the universe of businesses and workers in ongoing projects related to local labor markets and firm dynamics. 

Professor Gupta earned his Ph.D. at Duke University, M.A. in economics from Boston University, and B.S. and B.A. degrees in finance, economics, and mathematics from Indiana University.