Edward Glaeser Explains Why Some Cities Thrive While Others Fade Away (People I (Mostly) Admire Ep. 44)
An expert on urban economics and co-author of the new book Survival of the City, Ed says cities have faced far worse than Covid. Steve talks with the Harvard professor about why the slums of Mumbai function so well, high-quality housing in China sits empty, and declining cities hang on for so long.
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Edward Glaeser, professor of urban economics at Harvard University.
- Survival of the City: Living and Thriving in an Age of Isolation, by Edward Glaeser and David Cutler (2021).
- “Saving the Heartland: Place-Based Policies in 21st Century America,” by Benjamin Austin, Edward Glaeser, and Lawrence H. Summers (Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, 2018).
- “A Real Estate Boom With Chinese Characteristics,” by Edward Glaeser, Wei Huang, Yueran Ma, and Andrei Shleifer (NBER Working Papers, 2016).
- “The Economic Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Its Victims: Evidence From Individual Tax Returns,” by Tatyana Deryugina, Laura Kawano, and Steven Levitt (NBER Working Papers, 2014).
- Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, by Edward Glaeser (2008).
- “Urban Decline and Durable Housing,” by Edward Glaeser and Joseph Gyourko (Penn IUR Publications, 2005).
- “Are Cities Dying?” by Edward L. Glaeser (Journal of Economics Perspectives, 1998).