Faculty

David Rigby



Contact Information

Email    RIGBY@GEOG.UCLA.EDU
Office  1255 BUNCHE
Phone  3108257334

(Ph.D., McMaster, 1988) is a Professor with research interests in evolutionary economic geography, geographies of innovation and knowledge flow, technological change and regional economic growth. Dr. Rigby teaches classes on geographies of technological change and economic growth and on globalization.

Education

B.A. Geography, University of Salford, 1981

M.A. Geography, McMaster University, 1983

Thesis: The Long Wave of Accumulation in Canada 1950-1980

Ph.D. Geography, McMaster University, 1988

Thesis: Technical Change in Canadian Manufacturing: A Regional Analysis

Fields of Study

Evolutionary Economic Geography, Geographies of Invention and Knowledge Flow, Technological Change and Regional Economic Growth/Uneven Development, Impacts of Trade

Selected Publications

  • Feldman, M., Kogler, D. and D.L. Rigby 2013. rKnowledge: The Spatial Diffusion of rDNA Methods. (PDF)
  • Rigby, D.L. 2013. Technological Relatedness and Knowledge Space: Entry and Exit of U.S. Cities from Patent Classes. Forthcoming, Regional Studies. (PDF)
  • Rigby, D. L. and W.M Brown 2013. Who Benefits From Agglomeration? Regional Studies. (PDF)
  • Kogler, D., Rigby D.L. and I. Tucker 2013. Mapping Knowledge Space and Technological Relatedness in U.S. Cities. European Planning Studies. (PDF)
  • Kemeny, T. and D.L. Rigby 2012. Trading Away What Kind of Jobs? Globalization, Trade and Tasks in the U.S. Economy. Review of World Economics. (PDF)
  • Baldwin, J.R., Brown, W.M. and D.L. Rigby 2010. Agglomeration Economies: Micro-Data Panel Estimates from Canadian Manufacturing. Journal of Regional Science. (PDF)
  • Essletzbichler, J. and D.L. Rigby 2010. Generalized Darwinism and Evolutionary Economic Geography. In The Handbook of Evolutionary Economic Geography, Boschma, R. and R. Martin (eds.) Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.
  • Burt, J., Barber, G. and D.L. Rigby 2009. Elementary Statistics for Geographers (3rd ed.) New York: Guilford Press.

Research

I am currently engaged in research in three different areas:

1. Geographies of Invention and Knowledge Flow
- development of the knowledge space of different cities/regions and their evolution over time
- measurement of the complexity of patents and thus the complexity of the knowledge produced in different
  technology hubs across the U.S. and Europe
- identification of the characteristics of knowledge flows, particularly the flows of simple and complex forms of
  knowledge
- mapping the structure of inventor collaborations in specialized and diverse cities
- linking patent and firm-level data

2. Analysis of Impacts of Trade on U.S. Labor Markets
- this work uses confidential microdata from the Research Data Centers of the US Bureau of the Census that allows
  construction of linked employer-employee data and the connection of transaction-level trade flows with firms
- papers explore how rising levels of import competition are linked to job-loss, plant and firm exit and wage inequality

3. Analysis of the Micro-Economics of Agglomeration
- using plant/firm level data to explore the different mechanisms that underpin agglomeration after Marshall (labor market pooling, localized input-output networks, knowledge spillovers)
- how do these different mechanisms vary across different kinds of plants/firms?
- at what spatial scales do these mechanisms operate?

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

2017 Winter Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Spring Quarter

Advanced Topics in Economic Geography

2015 Fall Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Globalization: Markets

2015 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Advanced Topics in Economic Geography

2015 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

2014 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2014 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

2013 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2013 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

2012 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

2012 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

2011 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Hippies and Tree Huggers: U.S. Environmental Movement of 1960s and 1970s

Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2011 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

Cultural Geography Methods Workshop

History of Modern Geography

Globalization: Concepts and History

2010 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2010 Winter Quarter

Globalization: Concepts and History

2009 Fall Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

2009 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2009 Winter Quarter

Seminar Sequence: Special Topics in Geography

Globalization: Concepts and History

2008 Fall Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

2008 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2008 Winter Quarter

Seminar Sequence: Special Topics in Geography

Globalization: Concepts and History

2007 Fall Quarter

Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2007 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2007 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

Globalization: Concepts and History

2006 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2006 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

Globalization: Concepts and History

2005 Spring Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

2005 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

2004 Spring Quarter

Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2004 Winter Quarter

Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

Economic Geography

2003 Winter Quarter

Toward World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

Economic Geography

2002 Fall Quarter

Toward World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2002 Spring Quarter

Economic Geography

Models of Regional Growth and Change

Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2002 Winter Quarter

Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2001 Fall Quarter

Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2001 Spring Quarter

Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2001 Winter Quarter

Introduction to Spatial Statistics

Advanced Regional Geography: Selected Regions

2000 Fall Quarter

Economic Geography

2000 Spring Quarter

Models of Regional Growth and Change

2000 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

Quantitative Analysis

Advanced Regional Geography: Selected Regions

1999 Spring Quarter

Models of Regional Growth and Change

Advanced Regional Geography: Selected Regions

1999 Winter Quarter

Economic Geography

1998 Fall Quarter

Introduction to Statistical Methods

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter
1997 Fall Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

GEOG M40
Introduction to Statistical Methods

1998 Fall Quarter

GEOG M171
Introduction to Spatial Statistics

2001 Winter Quarter

GEOG M40

1997 Fall Quarter

GLBL ST 1
Globalization: Markets

2015 Fall Quarter

GEOG 4
Globalization: Regional Development and World Economy

2009 Fall Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2012 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

GE CLST 22A
Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2001 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 22B
Toward World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2003 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 22B
Towards a World Economy: Perils and Promises of Globalization

2002 Winter Quarter

GEOG 88GE
Seminar Sequence: Special Topics in Geography
GEOG 88S
Hippies and Tree Huggers: U.S. Environmental Movement of 1960s and 1970s

2011 Spring Quarter

GLBL ST 100A
Globalization: Concepts and History

2008 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

GLBL ST 100B
Globalization: Contemporary Issues

2011 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

GEOG 148

1998 Winter Quarter

GEOG 148
Economic Geography

2003 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

2006 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

1999 Winter Quarter

GEOG 157

1998 Spring Quarter

GEOG 157
Models of Regional Growth and Change

1999 Spring Quarter

2002 Spring Quarter

2000 Spring Quarter

GEOG 171
Quantitative Analysis

2000 Winter Quarter

GEOG 231
Advanced Topics in Economic Geography

2015 Spring Quarter

2016 Spring Quarter

GEOG 292
Advanced Regional Geography: Selected Regions

1999 Spring Quarter

2000 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

GEOG 296B
Cultural Geography Methods Workshop

2011 Winter Quarter

GEOG 297A
History of Modern Geography

2011 Winter Quarter

GEOG 298C
Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2002 Spring Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

GEOG 299A
Statistical Methods for Geographic Research

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter