Ottawa Economics Association in partnership with the
Macdonald-Laurier Institute presents
Charter Cities as a Model for Growth and Governance
featuring world-renowned economist
Professor of Economics, New York University and
Author of Success and the City (to be released on April 25th) by the
Wednesday April 25, 2012
Registration and networking begins at 11:45 a.m.
Lunch and presentation to follow at 12:10 p.m.
Sheraton Hotel, Rideau Room, 150 Albert Street, Ottawa
Charter Cities as a Model for Growth and Governance by Paul Romer
Historically, the ability to move in search of better opportunities-to vote with one’s feet-was a powerful force for progress. While globalization offers greater mobility of ideas, products, and capital, restrictions on the mobility of people keep far too many families from leaving dysfunctional systems of governance behind. Though it may not be possible to accommodate the many millions of people from the developing world who would like to move to a well-governed country like Canada, it is possible for Canada, along with other reputable governments, to help developing countries establish charter cities where millions of people could move. Charter cities, a new type of special reform zone, suggest a very different intermediate goal for guiding development policy: Give every family the chance to move between several well-run cities, each of which is competing to attract new residents. Join us as renowned Economist Paul Romer discusses his bold idea: Charter cities as a model of growth and governance.
About the Speaker:
Paul Romer is a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Urbanization Project at the New York University Stern School of Business. Romer founded Charter Cities, a non-profit focused on policies at the intersection of governance, urbanization, and development.
Prior to joining Stern, Romer taught at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where he took an entrepreneurial detour to start Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort and engagement. In 2002, he received Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth.
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