• 都市的未來:通信。距離。論消長

    偶然在LSE的podcast上看到這場名為《Our Urban Future: the death of distance and the rise of cities》的演講,是由哈佛經濟系的教授,Edward Glaeser,主講。從MP3聽來,全場用了很多slide,可惜LSE沒給影像畫面,但是我找到Ed在另一個地方給的演講,看起來是同一個題目(另一篇相關的文章在這裡)。

    簡單的說,Ed的演講是從下面這四個假設出發:
    • One major effect of globalization has been an increase in being smart.
    • You become smart by being around other smart people-we are a social species.
    • Cities, like Boston, New York and London and Bangalore make that possible.
    • The same death of distance that did so much to hurt Detroit helped save Boston and New York.
    然後論及通信技術對都市聚集經濟的影響。

    因為還牽涉到犯罪率、房價、社會不平等的討論,所以乍看之下很像「經濟學版」的Saskia Sassen。不過同樣的東西從經濟學家口中說出來,感覺還是很不一樣。
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