NYU's Development Research Institute will host “Cities and Development: Urban Determinants of Success,” a conference that will consider how risk, ideology, policymaker planning, and the spread of people, goods, and ideas operate in urban environments, on Tues., Nov. 18.
Cities provide a unique outlook on development, with their successes and failures revealing powerful forces that are hard to see from a national vantage point. The conference, which will offer city-level analyses from Beirut to Lusaka to New York, will include the following sessions: “The Power of Grid” (NYU Professor Paul Romer, director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management and NYU’s Stern School of Business Urbanization Project); “A Long History of a Short Block: Four Centuries of Development Surprises on a Single Stretch of a New York City Street” (NYU Economics Professor William Easterly and Laura Freschi, Research Scholar, NYU Development Research Institute); “Cities, Development, and the Demons of Density” (Edward Glaeser, Professor of Economics, Harvard University); and “Small is Beautiful—but Also Less Fragile” (Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering, NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering).
For a complete description of sessions and times, click here.
The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required here. For more information, call 212.992.6592 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Reporters wishing to attend must RSVP to Marina Kosyachenko at email@example.com or 212.992.6592. Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M (West 4th St.).
The event is co-hosted by the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management, with support from the John Templeton Foundation.
The Development Research Institute (DRI) is devoted to rigorous, scholarly research on the economic development and growth of poor countries. An independent and non-partisan organization, DRI builds upon a foundation of academic research comparing aid agency practices and surveying the thinking behind aid projects. For more, go to http://nyudri.org/.