Professor Greenbaum’s research and teaching interests include urban and regional economic development, economic resilience, policy evaluation, applied microeconomics, and applied econometrics.
Professor Greenbaum received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon’s H. John Heinz III College and a B.A. in economics from Bard College.
He currently serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University where he has been a faculty member since 1999. He has also served as an Associate Director of Ohio State’s Center for Urban and Regional Analysis since 2007. Additionally, he currently serves on the Leadership Team for Ohio State’s Sustainable and Resilient Economy Discovery Theme. In 2002, he served as a research Fellow at the International Center for Economic Research in Turin, Italy.
His research focuses on urban and regional economic development. He has published numerous articles examining the adoption and effectiveness of spatially targeted economic development incentives, such as enterprise zones. The primary attention of his current research involves examining factors related to the ability of economies to withstand and bounce back from disruptions. He has explored the resilience of local economies to adverse events such as terrorism, crime, natural disasters, and recessions. He also studies the trade-offs business leaders face when contemplating resilience-enhancing investments. His work was recognized with the Donald Robertson Memorial Prize for the best paper published in Urban Studies in 2004 and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio’s award for the best published applied Ohio health policy paper in 2009.
He primarily teaches graduate classes in economics and applied econometrics as well as a graduate capstone course.
He has advised state and local governments on issues related to economic development and has engaged with policymakers in research projects that have examined factors such as the development of the Arena District in Columbus and the implications of changes in Medicaid expenditures in Ohio. He served on City of Columbus Economic Advisory Committee in 2001 and currently serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Thoughtwell.