Building the Cities of the Future: More Markets or More Regulation?

June 12, 2020 | Roger & Francine Jean Student Center

Do the best-functioning cities grow organically through the market process, or do we need comprehensive planning to make sure we get the right kind of development? Come see a robust exchange of views among some of the top scholars and researchers working in this field nationally, and learn about what it all means for the future of New Hampshire.

Hospitality with hors d'oeuvres begins at 4:30 PM; the event starts at 5:00 PM.

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Featured Speakers

Ed Glaeser

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomics theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.

Emily Hamilton

Emily Hamilton is a Research Fellow and Director of the Urbanity Project at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her research focuses on urban economics and land-use policy. Hamilton has authored numerous academic articles and policy papers. Her writing has appeared in USA Today, the Christian Science MonitorEconomic Affairs, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She contributes to the blog Market Urbanism. Hamilton is a PhD candidate in economics at George Mason University. She is an alumna of the Mercatus Center’s MA Fellowship at George Mason University. She received her BA in economics from Goucher College.

Alain Bertaud

Alain Bertaud is an urbanist and Senior Research Scholar at the NYU Marron Institute and NYU Stern Urbanization Project. Prior to 1999, he was a Principal Urban Planner at the World Bank where he advised local and national governments on urban development policies mostly in China, Central and Eastern Europe, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa. Bertaud worked as a resident urban planner in cities such as Bangkok, San Salvador, Sana'a, New York, Tlemcen, Chandigarh, and Paris. His most recent book is Order Without Design: How Markets Shape Cities, from The MIT Press. Alain Bertaud graduated as an architect DPLG from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France.

Gerrit Knaap

Gerrit-Jan Knaap, executive director of the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education, is an economist and professor of Urban Studies and Planning in the University of Maryland's School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He also is director of the Environmental Finance Center and the Transportation Policy Research Group. He is an ex officio member of the Governor's Smart Growth Sub-Cabinet. He is the author of more than 75 articles and seven books on state and local land use planning and economics. His research interests include the economics and politics of land use planning, and efficacy of economic development instruments, and impacts of environmental policy.

Moderator: Center for Ethics Director Jason Sorens

June 12, 2020 from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Melucci Auditorium, Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex

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