Santiago Franco, a third year Economics PhD student, has been named a 2020-21 Urban Doctoral Fellow. The Mansueto Institute’s Urban Doctoral Fellows program provides a yearlong writing and professionalization experience for up to ten University of Chicago doctoral students whose research focuses on urban issues. 

Franco's research interests include macroeconomics, economic growth, firm dynamics and urban economics. His ongoing projects on urban topics use machine learning techniques to study household location sorting and neighborhood composition. Outside urban economics, he has been working on productivity estimation and the relationship between intellectual property concentration and business dynamism. Santiago was born in Medellín, Colombia and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, both from Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.

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