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Cents and the City – A Dead Economists Salon on Urban NIMBYism, Progressivism (and, yes, Promiscuity)

February 16, 2022 at 8:00 pm CET

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In this Dead Economists Society Salon Bronwyn Williams and Peter Isztin discuss city-dwelling

“As a remedy to life in society, I would suggest the big city. Nowadays it is the only desert within our reach.”
 Albert Camus.

In this salon, we will discuss the opportunity – and the opportunity costs – of living and working in cities, both in the past, and in the post-covid future.

We’ll cover:

  • The benefits of living in a city (“agglomeration economies”)
  • The costs of living in a city
  • Covid, remote work, reverse migration, and the “Matthew Effect”
  • The future of cities and city states
  • Nimbyism vs yimbyism – growth, degrowth, and Ha-Ha communities
  • Cities as labour and marriage markets

And whatever else comes up in conversation.

Recommended Reading

Cities in the wake of Covid

A market urbanist manifesto

The prophecies of Jane Jacobs

Cities, climate change, and adaptation

Johann von Thünen, pioneer of spatial economics

Noah Smith on left-wing NIMBYism

Alain Bertaud, on cities, markets and people

Alex Tabarrok on private cities

Kevin Murphy on Sherwin Rosen’s location choice model (advanced)


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February 16, 2022
8:00 pm CET
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