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Mark Muro

Senior Fellow – Brookings Metro

Mark Muro is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro, focusing on the interplay of technology, people, and place as they are altered by positive and negative disruptions.

Muro’s recent work has focused on the embrace by the U.S. federal government of what Muro calls “place-based industrial strategy,” including through the government’s Regional Tech Hubs initiative. This work has drawn on Muro’s work on regional “growth centers,” a strategy by which the nation seeks to unlock innovation and growth in new places across America. Muro’s work on these issues looks closely at the interplay of federal strategy and state and regional delivery.

In addition to his national work, Muro’s work with states most recently entailed a reform agenda for Pennsylvania innovation policy.

More broadly, Muro’s research has revolved around the geography of the digital economy, including as it involves the diverging fortunes of “superstar” cities and “places left behind.”

Current work from Muro explores the geography of the AI economy and inclusive tech, building on earlier reports such as: “What jobs are affected by AI?,” “Automation and Artificial Intelligence: How machines are affecting people and places,” and “Digitalization and the American workforce.”

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Regional economic competitiveness
    • Metropolitan growth and development
    • Metropolitan policy
    • Transportation
    • Urban planning
    • Growth management
    • State/regional/local policies
    • Local/regional governance
  • Current Positions

    • Senior Fellow, Brookings Metro
  • Past Positions

    • Senior Policy Analyst, The Morrison Institute on Public Policy, Arizona State University
    • Editorial Writer, The Arizona Daily Star
    • Staff Reporter, The Boston Globe
  • Education

    • University of California, Berkeley, Master's of American Studies
    • Harvard College, Cambridge, MA, Bachelor of Arts, 1982
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