Rebecca Diamond

Professor, Economics

Rebecca Diamond

The Class of 1988 Professor of Economics

Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research
Professor of Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences
Susan Ford Dorsey Faculty Fellow for 2023-2024
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Additional Administrative Titles

Director, Cities, Housing and Society Lab

Research Statement

Rebecca Diamond is an applied micro economist studying local labor and housing markets. Her recent research focuses on the causes and consequences of diverging economic growth across U.S. cities and its effects on inequality.


Rebecca Diamond is The Class of 1988 Professor of Economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business where she teaches Data and Decisions. Her current research studies the causes and consequence of segregation of households by income and education level across neighborhoods and labor markets. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research from 2013 to 2014. She received her PhD in economics from Harvard University in 2013 and her BS in physics and economics and mathematics from Yale University in 2007.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, Harvard University, 2013
  • MA in Economics, Harvard Univeristy, 2011
  • BS in Physics, 2nd major in Economics & Mathematics, Yale, 2007

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, Stanford GSB, 2021–present
  • Associate Professor, Stanford GSB, 2018–21
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 2014–18
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research, 2013–14

Professional Experience

  • Analyst in Quantitative Investment Strategies, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, 2007–08

Awards and Honors

  • Class of 1988 Faculty Scholar, 2020–21
  • Class of 1988 Faculty Scholar, 2019–20
  • Spence Faculty Scholar, 2018–19
  • Spence Faculty Scholar, 2017–18


Journal Articles

Rebecca Diamond, William Diamond
AEA Papers & Proceedings
May 2024 Vol. 114
Cody Cook, Rebecca Diamond, Jonathan Hall, John A. List, Paul Oyer
The Review of Economic Studies
October 2021 Vol. 88 Issue 5 Pages 2210–2238
Hunt Allcott, Rebecca Diamond, Jean-Pierre Dube, Jessie Handbury, Ilya Rahkovsky, Molly Schnell
The Quarterly Journal of Economics
November 2019 Vol. 134 Issue 4 Pages 1793-1844
Rebecca Diamond, Timothy James McQuade, Franklin Qian
American Economic Review
September 2019 Vol. 109 Issue 9 Pages 3365-3394
Rebecca Diamond, Timothy James McQuade
Journal of Political Economy
June 2019 Vol. 127 Issue 3 Pages 1063-1117
Rebecca Diamond, Paul Oyer, Cody Cook
AEA Papers and Proceedings
May 2019 Vol. 109 Pages 372-376
Rebecca Diamond
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
February 2017 Vol. 9 Issue 1 Pages 74-111
Rebecca Diamond
American Economic Review
March 2016 Vol. 106 Issue 3 Pages 479-524
Thomas Barrios, Rebecca Diamond, Guido W. Imbens, Michal Kolár
Journal of the American Statistical Association
May 14, 2012 Vol. 107 Issue 498 Pages 578-591

Book Chapters

Rebecca Diamond
Shared Prosperity in America's Communities
2016 Pages 57

Working Papers

Shai Bernstein, Rebecca Diamond, Abhisit Jiranaphawiboon, Timothy James McQuade, Beatriz Pousada December 2022
Rebecca Diamond, Michael J. Dickstein, Timothy McQuade, Petra Persson December 14, 2020
Rebecca Diamond, Adam Guren, Rose Tan June 2020
Cody Cook, Rebecca Diamond, Jonathan Hall, John A. List, Paul Oyer June 7, 2018
Hunt Allcott, Rebecca Diamond, Jean-Pierre Dubé January 2, 2018

Academic Publications

Rebecca Diamond
Brookings Institute
October 18, 2018

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Insights by Stanford Business

March 06, 2024
If the United States wants to remain a global hub of innovation, then we need to understand the role of immigrants.
December 05, 2023
New ideas never go out of season.
March 13, 2023
Foreign-born inventors generate a disproportionate share of patents — and make their U.S.-born collaborators more productive.
December 08, 2021
A large-scale study of consumer spending finds the cost of living varies widely across the U.S., particularly for lower-wage workers.
June 30, 2020
A new study finds that the repercussions of home loss extend to crime, divorce, and even student test scores.
October 02, 2019
Research examines age and gender gaps in the gig economy.
June 20, 2018
Too many people are strategically dropping their health insurance after getting the care they need.
February 16, 2018
In studying the gig economy, Paul Oyer opts for a hands-on-the-wheel approach.
February 02, 2018
With rents going through the roof in hot cities, the hunt is on for a better way to protect tenants from being priced out of their homes.
January 26, 2018
Why do wealthy people eat healthier?
September 15, 2015
Research shows these buildings impact home prices and diversity.
September 23, 2014
Research explores the interplay between wages, taxes, housing costs, the movement of workers, and education.
July 07, 2014
New research shows they are increasingly segregated by education.

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January 18, 2024
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September 09, 2014
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