How the death of distance hurt Detroit and Glasgow and helped New York and London

Edward Glaeser interviewed by Romesh Vaitilingam, 5 Sep 2008

Edward Glaeser of Harvard University talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the lessons from his research on how falling costs of communication and transportation have been kind to idea-producing cities like New York, Boston and London and devastating to goods-producing cities like Cleveland, Detroit and Glasgow. The interview was recorded at the American Economic Association meetings in New Orleans in January 2008.


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For further information on the topic please see the paper by Glaeser and Ponzetto, 'Did the Death of Distance Hurt Detroit and Help New York?'


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Topics: Politics and economics
Tags: 'death of distance', cities, urban economics



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Professor of Economics, Harvard University