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ERIC Number: ED539429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Making Cities Skilled. Civic Bulletin No. 40
Glaeser, Edward L.
Center for Civic Innovation
Throughout history, cities that have been centers of great learning have usually also taken their place as economic powerhouses. Here in America, economists have long noticed that educated cities--that is, cities with a greater percentage of knowledgeable and skilled residents--have fared better economically than their unskilled counterparts, but the exact relationship between these forces hasn't always been well understood. If anything, the debate over the role that skilled workers play in a city's success has become more heated and a bit more confusing in recent years. That's largely because a professor at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh by the name of Richard Florida has dazzled the public policy world with his theory that skilled workers want to live in places that are hip, cool, bohemian, and gay-friendly, among other things. Into this debate strides Professor Edward Glaeser to bring some common sense to the discussion, though it is common sense backed up by the weight of impressive research. Professor Glaeser has, through a series of studies, traced the importance that skilled workers play in the economies of cities and what cities should do to attract and retain them. Drawing on his own work and that of others, Professor Glaeser warns policymakers that these workers still care deeply about what everyone cares about, such as the quality of a school system. He tells everyone that while skilled workers don't migrate exclusively to the lowest-tax communities, they still seek fair and balanced taxes, and, above all, they expect safe streets. After the frills and embellishments of the Florida agenda, Professor Glaeser urges a return to basics. (Contains 7 figures.) [This Civic Bulletin is adapted from the transcript of a Manhattan Institute luncheon held in New York City on January 10, 2006.]
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute
Identifiers - Location: New York