Found 80 article(s) for author 'Edward Glaeser'

Brains Over Buildings

Brains Over Buildings. Edward Glaeser, September 2011, Paper. “Detroit once had 1.85 million inhabitants. Now it has fewer than 740,000. Cleveland and St. Louis, too, are half the size they were in 1950. Across the Atlantic, Liverpool and Leipzig are also dramatically smaller. When so many cities are booming, why are some trapped in decline? Cities naturally rise and fall as technologies change. Detroit and the other cities of the Great Lakes established themselves as agricultural transport hubs before the Civil War. Afterward, they enjoyed a second growth spurt when American industry settled along waterways…” May require purchase or user account. Link

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New Land of Opportunity

New Land of Opportunity. Edward Glaeser, April 20, 2011, Paper. “Mumbai’s Dharavi slum is the most entrepreneurial place I’ve ever been. In one dark room–open to the street–there are two men recycling boxes by turning them inside out and re-stapling them. Across the dusty street, six women work together sorting great bins of plastic products for recycling. A few doorways down two men are maniacally sewing brassieres, just like on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1905. A little ways off craftspeople are painting and firing intricately designed ceramics. The UN estimates that 828 million people, which is about 12% of humanity, live in slums…” Link

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Cities, Skills and Regional Change

Cities, Skills and Regional Change. Edward Glaeser, Kristina Tobio, April 2011, Paper. “One approach to urban areas emphasizes the existence of certain immutable relationships, such as Zipf’s or Gibrat’s law. An alternative view is that urban change reflects individual responses to changing tastes or technologies. This paper examines almost 200 years of regional change in the United States and finds that few, if any, growth relationships remain constant, including Gibrat’s law. Education does a reasonable job of explaining urban resilience in recent decades, but it does not seem to predict county growth a century ago. After reviewing this evidence…” Link

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Detroit’s Decline and the Folly of Light Rail

Detroit’s Decline and the Folly of Light Rail. Edward Glaeser, March 25, 2011, Opinion. “The Census just reported that Detroit’s population dropped by 25% between 2000 and 2010, a stunning fall that is even larger than the 20% drop Detroit experienced during the 1970s. The story of this city’s devastating decline reminds us that urban fortunes depend on entrepreneurial human capital. Failed public policies that tried to fix Detroit with urban renewal and transportation projects stand as stark evidence against the view that our economic woes call for more federal spending on infrastructure…” May require purchase or user account. Link

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Our Best Plan for Growth is to Set Our Cities Free

Our Best Plan for Growth is to Set Our Cities Free. Edward Glaeser, March 7, 2011, Paper. “Advanced economies are struggling to find an economic path past recession. On Sunday, David Cameron, the UK prime minister, promised an assault on the “enemies of enterprise”, while US president Barack Obama used January’s state of the union speech to promote jobs and competitiveness. But this new dash for growth is too often a battle of old ideas. To turn the corner, it must instead embrace the innovation that emerges naturally in our great urban centres.” (May require purchase or user account) Link

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Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

Triumph of the City: How Our Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Edward Glaeser, February 10, 2011, Book. “America is an urban nation, yet cities get a bad rap: they’re dirty, poor, unhealthy, environmentally unfriendly… or are they? In this revelatory book, Edward Glaeser, a leading urban economist, declares that cities are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in both cultural and economic terms) places to live. He travels through history and around the globe to reveal the hidden workings of cities and how they bring out the best in humankind. Using intrepid reportage, keen analysis, and…” Link

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How Skyscrapers Can Save the City

How Skyscrapers Can Save the City. Edward Glaeser, February 9, 2011, Paper. “Besides making cities more affordable and architecturally interesting, tall buildings are greener than sprawl, and they foster social capital and creativity. Yet some urban planners and preservationists seem to have a misplaced fear of heights that yields damaging restrictions on how tall a building can be. From New York to Paris to Mumbai, there’s a powerful case for building up, not out.” Link

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Rethinking the Federal Bias Toward Homeownership

Rethinking the Federal Bias Toward Homeownership. Edward Glaeser, 2011, Paper. “The most fundamental fact about rental housing in the United States is that rental units are overwhelmingly in multifamily structures. This fact surely reflects the agency problems associated with renting single-family dwellings, and it should influence all discussions of rental housing policy. Policies that encourage homeowning are implicitly encouraging people to move away from higher density living; policies that discourage renting are implicitly discouraging multifamily buildings. Two major distortions shape the rental housing market…” Link.

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Does Economic Inequality Cause Crises?

Does Economic Inequality Cause Crises? Edward Glaeser, December 14, 2010, Paper. “Did inequality cause the recent housing and financial crisis? For decades, a growing literature has tried to establish links between inequality and adverse outcomes, such as low economic growth,weak social cohesion and mortality and, most recently, financial crises. If true, these arguments would provide even more reasons to worry about our unequal income distribution. If false, we should still worry about income inequality, because in a just society everyone should have a decent standard of living and the opportunity to succeed. Empirically, it is true…” Link

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Housing Policy in the Wake of the Crash

Housing Policy in the Wake of the Crash. Edward Glaeser, Fall 2010, Paper. “Between 2000 and 2010, the U.S. housing market experineced a convulsion more extreme than in any previous recorded cycle. From May 2001 to May 2006, the Case/Shiller Standard & Poor’s twenty-city housing price index, which controls for changes in housing quality by comparing prices from repeat sales of the same homes, rose 54 percent more than consumer prices rose. In the three years that followed, housing prices, measured by the same index and corrected for inflation, fell more than on-third...” Link

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