Rebecca Diamond

Rebecca Diamond
Associate Professor, Economics
Contact Info
Associate Professor Economics (by courtesy), School of Humanities and Sciences
Class of 1988 Faculty Scholar for 2020–2021
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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 an Associate 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, Economics, Harvard University, 2013
  • MA, Economics, Harvard Univeristy, 2011
  • BS, Physics, 2nd major in Economics & Mathematics, Yale, 2007

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor, Stanford GSB, 2018–present
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford GSB, 2014–present
  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Institute of Economic Policy Research(SIEPR), 2013–2014

Professional Experience

  • Analyst in Quantitative Investment Strategies, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, 2007–2008

Awards and Honors

  • Class of 1988 Faculty Scholar, 2019–2020
  • Spence Faculty Scholar, 2018–2019
  • Spence Faculty Scholar, 2017–2018


Journal Articles

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. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016, Pages 57.

Other Publications

Rebecca Diamond. Brookings Institute. October 18, 2018.
Rebecca Diamond. SIEPR Policy Brief. July 2014.

Working Papers

The Effect of Foreclosures on Homeowners, Tenants, and Landlords | PDF
Rebecca Diamond, Adam Guren, Rose Tan, June 2020
The Contribution of High-Skilled Immigrants to Innovation in the United States | PDF
Shai Bernstein, Rebecca Diamond, Timothy James McQuade, Beatriz Pousada, November 62018
The Gender Earnings Gap in the Gig Economy: Evidence from over a Million Rideshare Drivers | PDF
Cody Cook, Rebecca Diamond, Jonathan Hall, John A. List, Paul Oyer, June 72018
Take-Up, Drop-Out, and Spending in ACA Marketplaces | PDF
Rebecca Diamond, Michael J. Dickstein, , Petra Persson, June 42018
The Geography of Poverty and Nutrition: Food Deserts and Food Choices Across the United States | PDF
Hunt Allcott, Rebecca Diamond, Jean-Pierre Dubé, January 22018


Degree Courses


The course covers various topics relating to social insurance and urban economics. The first half of the course covers the rationale for government interventions into private insurance markets, adverse selection, social insurance design and the...

Base Data and Decisions is a first-year MBA course in statistics and regression analysis. The course is taught using a flipped classroom model that combines extensive online materials with a lab-based classroom approach. Traditional lecture...


The course covers various topics relating to social insurance. The first half of the course covers the rationale for government interventions into private insurance markets, adverse selection, social insurance design and the intersection between...

Stanford University Affiliations

Stanford GSB

Insights by Stanford Business

June 30, 2020
A new study finds that the repercussions of home loss extend to crime, divorce, and even student test scores.
October 2, 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 2, 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 7, 2014
New research shows they are increasingly segregated by education.

School News

September 9, 2014
Stanford GSB welcomes seven tenure-line faculty and 17 lecturers from a range of disciplines who will infuse the school’s curriculum with fresh perspectives.