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2022 James Q. Wilson Lecture: America's Housing Crisis and How to Fix It

Wednesday October 2022


Edward L. Glaeser Senior Fellow | Contributing Editor, City Journal

It keeps getting more expensive for Americans to find shelter. Home prices have gone up 44 percent in two years, and the problem has spread from long-expensive coastal cities to the middle of the country. And while the Fed may succeed in taming price inflation, the underlying issue of housing supply is something that only legislators can fix. There simply isn’t enough housing available in the places where people want to live—places with rich access to jobs, amenities, and opportunities for upward mobility—and new patterns of migration and remote work promise to further upend the situation in cities across the country.

At this year’s James Q. Wilson Lecture, MI Senior Fellow Edward Glaeser will explain what is happening and what cities can do to fix it.

Edward Glaeser is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal, and the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He regularly teaches microeconomic theory and, occasionally, urban and public economics.

Glaeser’s research focuses on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics. Glaeser is the author of Cities, Agglomeration, and Spatial Equilibrium (2008); Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier (2012); and coauthor of Rethinking Federal Housing Policy: How to Make Housing Plentiful and Affordable (2008). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Sponsored, with admiration, by a former student of James Q. Wilson.