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Student News March 07, 2023

Student Spotlight: Binyamin “Benny” Kleinman, 2023 Jacobus Fellow

On February 21, Princeton University announced that Binyamin “Benny” Kleinman is one of four students to win this year’s Porter Ogden Jacobus Fellowship. The award is Princeton University’s top honor for graduate students. Other winners include Jason Molesky (English), Mira Nencheva (Psychology), and Lila Rodgers (Computer Engineering). 

A new video profiles Kleinman’s research on the geographical expansion of firms and the labor market implications of these spatial trends. 

“Think of the competition to attract Amazon to New York or Washington, D.C. or differing cities throughout the United States,” said Stephen Redding in the video. Redding is the Harold T. Shapiro*64 Professor in Economics and Kleinman’s graduate advisor. “Benny’s research helps us understand, ‘What if a city is successful in attracting the headquarters of one of these superstar firms? How should we expect to see that city change and evolve over time?'”

“Being nominated to this fellowship was a great honor,” said Kleinman. “I’m very humbled by it and I’m extremely grateful for it.”


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