Leah Brooks

Economist and Assistant Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Phone: 202-994-4703
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Leah Brooks is Assistant Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.  After receiving her PhD from UCLA in 2005, she taught at the University of Toronto and McGill University, and worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Her research interest is urban political economy.  Her work to date has examined Business Improvement Districts to understand the resolution of collective action problems, and the Community Development Block Grant program to analyze the political economy of grant giving at the municipal and sub-municipal levels.  She has documented the existence and analyzed the impacts of municipally-imposed tax and expenditure limits, studied the premium required to assemble land, analyzed the long-term effects of streetcars on urban form, and is hard at work examining the impact of containerization on cities. 

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Ph.D, Economics, UCLA

B.A., Economics and Public Policy, University of Chicago