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Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (The Lindahl Lectures) [Hardcover]

Edward L. Glaeser
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3 July 2008 The Lindahl Lectures
220 million Americans crowd together in the 3% of the country that is urban. 35 million people live in the vast metropolis of Tokyo, the most productive urban area in the world. The central city of Mumbai alone has 12 million people, and Shanghai almost as many. We choose to live cheek by jowl, in a planet with vast amounts of space. Yet despite all of the land available to us, we choose to live in proximity to cities. Using economics to understand this phenomenon, the urban economist uses the tools of economic theory and empirical data to explain why cities exist and to analyze urban issues such as housing, education, crime, poverty and social interaction.

Drawing on the success of his Lindahl lectures, Edward Glaeser provides a rigorous account of his research and unique thinking on cities. Using a series of simple models and economic theory, Glaeser illustrates the primary features of urban economics including the concepts of spatial equilibrium and agglomeration economies. Written for a mathematically inclined audience with an interest in urban economics and cities, the book is written to be accessible to theorists and non-theorists alike and should provide a basis for further empirical work.


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (3 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019929044X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199290444
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 14.7 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 297,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Provides insights into the most recent theoretical advances achieved in a specific area of urban economics...recommended. (Italian Journal of Regional Science)

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Edward L. Glaeser is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory, and has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. He is a Faculty Research Fellow for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has also been a consultant for numerous international international institutions.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Urban economics in the 21st century 28 July 2013
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Cities, Agglomeration and Spatial Equilibrium by Edward Glaeser provides a contemporary summary of where the field of urban economics lies at the start of the 21st Century. The book is extremely well written, with clear models and a concise list of references.
It provides the base case against which the newer complexity theories of cities can be compared, which challenge the notion of spatial equilibrium.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of the Work of a Leading Urban Economist 7 Feb 2013
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If you want to read some of the most outstanding work of an economist dealing with urban economics, I recommend this book. Unfortunately, it also reveals a serious limitation of academic urban economics: it is focused on economic optimization per se, not on the optimization of the political, sociological or cultural objectives of most urban planning, or on what pursuing those non-economic objectives might cost in strictly economic terms.

Hugh Schwartz, author of a book on Curitiba, currently working on a mss, Incorporating Economics into Urban Planning
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