Jason Brown is a Vice President and Economist in the Economic Research Department of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In this role, he oversees the regional research and policy function at the bank. Brown also serves as Executive Director of the Kansas City Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He conducts research on issues related to regional economic growth, emerging industries, natural resource development, and economic structural change in rural versus urban areas.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Jason was an economist at the USDA Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Recent Speeches

Professional Journals and Books

  • "Response of Consumer Debt to Income Shocks: The Case of Energy Booms and Busts" Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2021, 53(7): 1629-1675..
  • "Spatially variable taxation and resource extraction: The impact of state oil taxes on drilling in the US" with Peter Maniloff and Dale T. Manning, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 2020, 103:102354.
  • "Does Resource Ownership Matter? Oil and Gas Royalties and the Income Effect of Extraction" with Timothy Fitzgerald and Jeremy G. Weber, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 2019, 6(6): 853-878.
  • "The Effect of the Conservation Reserve Program on Rural Economies: Deriving a Statistical Verdict from a Null Finding" with Dayton M. Lambert and Timothy Wojan, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2019, 101(2): 528-540.
  • "Manufacturing Plant Survival in a Period of Decline" with Sarah A. Low, Growth and Change, 2017, 48(3): 297-312.
  • "Capturing Rents from Natural Resource Abundance: Private Royalties from U.S. Onshore Oil & Gas Production" with Timothy Fitzgerald and Jeremy G. Weber, Resource and Energy Economics, 2016, 46: 23-38.
  • "Extending a Smooth Parameter Model to Firm Location Analyses: The Case of Natural Gas Establishments in the United States" with Dayton M. Lambert, Journal of Regional Science, 2016, 56(5): 848-867.
  • "Crop Prices, Agricultural Revenues, and the Local Economy of the U.S. Heartland" with Jeremy G. Weber, Conor Wall, and Tom Hertz, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2015, 37(3): 459-476.
  • "Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of US Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values" with Ben Hoen, Thomas Jackson, Mark A. Thayer, Ryan Wiser and Peter Cappers, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, 2015, 51(1): 22-51.
  • "What to Do About the "Cult of Statistical Significance?” A Renewable Fuel Application using the Neyman-Pearson Protocol" with Timothy Wojan and Dayton Lambert, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2015, 36(4): 674-695.
  • "Rural Wealth Creation and Emerging Energy Industries" with Jeremy G. Weber and John L. Pender, 2014, In: Rural Wealth Creation” Pender, J.L., Weber, B.A., Johnson, T.G. and Fannin, J.M. (eds.) Routledge, pg. 167-184.
  • "Linkages between Community-Focused Agriculture, Farm Sales, and Regional Growth" with Stephan J. Goetz, Mary C. Ahearn and Chyi-lyi Liang, Economic Development Quarterly, 2014, 28(1): 5-16.
  • "Sustainable Rural Development and Wealth Creation: Five Observations Based on Emerging Energy Opportunities" with John L. Pender and Jeremy G. Weber, Economic Development Quarterly, 2014, 28(1): 73-86.
  • "The Birth, Death, and Persistence of Firms: Creative Destruction and the Spatial Distribution of U.S. Manufacturing Establishments, 2000-2006" with Dayton M. Lambert and Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Economic Geography, 2013, 89(3): 203-226.
  • "Ex Post Analysis of Economic Impacts from Wind Power Development in U.S. Counties" with John L. Pender, Ryan Wiser, Eric Lantz and Ben Hoen, Energy Economics, 2012, 34(6): 1743-1754.
  • "A two-step estimator for a spatial lag model of counts: Theory, small sample performance and an application" with Dayton M. Lambert and Raymond J.G.M. Florax, Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2010, 40(4): 241-252.
  • "Determinants of Investment Flows in U.S. Manufacturing" with Raymond J.G.M. Florax and Kevin T. McNamara, The Review of Regional Studies, 2009, 39(3): 267-284.
  • "Consumer Behavior, Public Policy, and Country-of-Origin Labeling" with Jayson L. Lusk, Tyler Mark, Idlir Proseku, Rachel Thompson and Jody Welsh, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2006, 28(2): 284-292.

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Economic Bulletin

The Main Street Economist

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