Edward L. Glaeser

Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He is Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and Director of the Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory, and occasionally urban and public economics. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.

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Luxury housing: Don’t just build for Kremlin cronies, global elite

By Edward L. Glaeser, Globe Columnist

Will more luxury housing bring an influx of international billionaires and cause harm to Boston?


Better nightlife through experimentation

By Edward L. Glaeser, Globe Columnist

As Boston works out how to promote more late-night activity, the city shouldn’t play it safe.


Happiness is overrated

By Edward L. Glaeser, Globe Columnist

Humans are willing to sacrifice happiness and satisfaction if the price is right – and we’re better off.

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‘Stop-and-frisk’ won’t work for Boston

By Anthony A. Braga and Edward L. Glaeser, Globe Columnist

It’s tempting to compare crime rates with New York’s, but that measure can be deceiving.