The Heart of Teaching Economics

The Heart of Teaching Economics

Lessons from Leading Minds

Simon W. Bowmaker

This unique monograph comprises a collection of interviews conducted face-to-face with leading economists at universities throughout the United States. Presented with the singular opportunity to reflect on and share their wisdom and experience, the 21 interviewees discuss how they interpret, understand and practice their role as teachers. In addition to providing lessons that will inform the way others teach, the interviews shatter the illusion that teaching and research are strictly independent and competing activities.

Chapter 12: Urban Economics

Edward Glaeser

Subjects: economics and finance, economics of education, teaching economics, education, economics of education, teaching and learning


Edward Glaeser Edward Glaeser was born in New York City in 1967 and obtained his BA in economics from Princeton University in 1988 and his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago in 1992. He joined Harvard University in 1992 as an Assistant Professor of Economics and has remained there ever since, currently serving as the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics. At Harvard, Professor Glaeser teaches an undergraduate course in Microeconomic Theory, a PhD course in Economic Theory and a course in The Economics of Cities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His primary research interest is urban economics, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime and housing markets. His articles on these issues have been published in numerous journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics and Journal of Economic Perspectives, among others. His books relating to urban economics include, Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable (The AEI Press, 2008), co-authored with Joseph Gyourko, and Cities, Agglomeration and Spatial Equilibrium (Oxford University Press, 2008). I interviewed Edward Glaeser at his home in Weston, Massachusetts. It was the early afternoon of Friday, May 22, 2009. 212 M2372 - BOWMAKER TEXT.indd 212 29/9/10 11:36:36 Urban economics – Edward Glaeser 213 BACKGROUND INFORMATION Why did you study economics and what attracted you to urban economics in particular? I think there are a number of things that came together to make me interested...

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