Matthew Freedman

Matthew Freedman

Matthew Freedman received his PhD from the University of Maryland-College Park. His primary research interests are in labor economics, public finance and urban economics. His work has also addressed topics in environmental economics and the economics of crime.

Areas of Expertise

  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics

Selected Works


Freedman, Matthew, and Owens, Emily, Your Friends and Neighbors: Localized Economic Development and Criminal Activity. Review of Economics and Statistics 98 (May 2016): 233-253.

Faberman, R. Jason, and Freedman, Matthew, The Urban Density Premium across Establishments. Journal of Urban Economics 93 (May 2016): 71-84.

Freedman, Matthew, and McGavock, Tamara, Low-Income Housing Development, Poverty Concentration, and Neighborhood Inequality. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 34 (Fall 2015): 805-834.

Bento, Antonio, Freedman, Matthew, and Lang, Corey, Who Benefits from Environmental Regulation? Evidence from the Clean Air Act Amendments. Review of Economics and Statistics 97 (Jul 2015): 610–622.

Freedman, Matthew, Place-Based Programs and the Geographic Dispersion of Employment. Regional Science & Urban Economics 53 (Jul 2015): 1-19.

Bohn, Sarah, Freedman, Matthew, and Owens, Emily, The Criminal Justice Response to Policy Interventions: Evidence from Immigration Reform. American Economic Review: Papers and Proceedings 105 (May 2015): 215-219.

Freedman, Matthew, Targeted Business Incentives and Local Labor Markets. Journal of Human Resources 48 (Spring 2013): 311-344.

Freedman, Matthew, Teaching New Markets Old Tricks: The Effects of Subsidized Investment on Low-Income Neighborhoods. Journal of Public Economics 96 (Dec 2012): 1000-1014.

Andersson, Fredrik, Davis, Elizabeth, Freedman, Matthew, Lane, Julia, McCall, Brian, and Sandusky, L. Kristin, Decomposing the Sources of Earnings Inequality: Assessing the Role of Reallocation. Industrial Relations 51 (Oct 2012): 779-810.

Freedman, Matthew, and Kosova, Renata, Agglomeration, Product Heterogeneity, and Firm Entry. Journal of Economic Geography 12 (May 2012): 601-626.

Freedman, Matthew, and Owens, Emily, Low-Income Housing Development and Crime. Journal of Urban Economics 70 (Sep 2011): 115-131.

Andersson, Fredrik, Freedman, Matthew, Haltiwanger, John, Lane, Julia, and Shaw, Kathryn, Reaching for the Stars: Who Pays for Talent in Innovative Industries?. Economic Journal 119 (Jun 2009):

Freedman, Matthew, Job Hopping, Earnings Dynamics, and Industrial Agglomeration in the Software Publishing Industry. Journal of Urban Economics 64 (Nov 2008): 590-600.


PhD Economics - University of Maryland-College Park College Park, MD 2007

Media Mentions

Group seeks to bring investment to nation's battered neighborhoods

via Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel

As a bipartisan group of politicians and wealthy investors seek to spur investment in America’s disadvantaged neighborhoods, research by associate professor of economics Matthew Freedman reveals the downfalls of previous similar programs.