JB Condliffe

Condliffe Memorial Lecture

The Condliffe Memorial Lecture was instituted in 2005 to honour John Bell Condliffe, who became the first Professor of Economics at Canterbury University College in 1921. The Lecture series brings leading economists to Canterbury to provide a public lecture highlighting their recent work and its relevance to the broader business and policy community.

Wednesday 10 July 2013

Presenter: Professor Edward Glaeser, Harvard University

What if… Our cities vanished?

  • What if humanity stopped urbanising?
  • What is the role of cities in promoting economic growth?
  • What are the lessons for the Christchurch rebuild from cities around the world?

Cities are often seen as the source of social problems such as poverty and crime, while we retain romantic notions of idyllic rural life. The truth is very different. In this lecture, Professor Edward Glaeser, the world’s leading expert in the economics of cities, will discuss why cities are crucial to economic development, why proximity has become ever more valuable as the cost of connecting across long distances has fallen and why, contrary to popular myths, dense urban areas are the true friends of the environment, not suburbia.

Watch the video of Professor Glaeser's lecture on YouTube 23 July

Ed Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard, where he also serves as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He is also the 2013 Sir Douglas Myers Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland Business School. He studies the economics of cities, and has written extensively on urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime, and housing markets. He has been particularly interested in the role that geographic proximity can play in creating knowledge and innovation. In late 2011 he listed Christchurch as one of 10 global cities to watch, as the rebuild provides "a unique opportunity to rethink urban form". He received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1992 and has been at Harvard since then.

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Past Condliffe Lectures

2012 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: John H. Cochrane "What if governments can't pay their debts?"

2011 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Martin Weitzman "Why is the economics of climate change so difficult and controversial?"

2010 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Charles Plott "The emergence of economics as a laboratory sciences"

2009 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Hal Varian "Computer mediated transactions"

2008 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Joel Slemrod, "Tax policy in the real world"

2007 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Mark Blaug, "Congestion Charges: the solution to traffic problems?"

2006 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Gene Grossman, "Trading Tasks: It's Not Wine for Cloth Anymore".

2005 Condliffe Memorial Lecture: Jerry Hausman, "Consumer Benefits from Increased Competition in Shopping Outlets: Measuring the Effect of Wal-Mart.