Edward Glaeser

Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics

Harvard University

EDWARD GLAESER is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics and Chair of the Economics Department in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches courses on microeconomics and the economics of cities.  His books include Triumph of the CitySurvival of the City (joint with David Cutler) and Fighting Poverty in the US and Europe: A World of Difference (joint with Alberto Alesina).   He leads the NBER’s Urban Economics Working Group, and co-directs the Cities Programme of the International Growth Centre.  He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.


Economic Perspectives on Infrastructure Investment

To determine the appropriate level of infrastructure spending, there is no alternative to aggregating the results of project-by-project cost-benefit analysis. With widespread variation in both the benefits and costs of projects within broad infrastructure asset classes, it is important to recognize that the returns to some additional highway lanes are much higher than others, and ...