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Spending Better, Not More: Toward a 21st Century Infrastructure Agenda

Wednesday June 2015


Edward L. Glaeser Contributing Editor, City Journal

In the past decade, American liberalism has developed into a distinctly anti-economic growth movement. Yet even infrastructure spending—perhaps the last pro-growth plank of the progressive big government push—is too often squandered on poorly-managed vanity projects. How can local, state, and federal transportation agencies be reformed to make U.S. infrastructure spending more effective? How can we spend better, rather than simply more?

At the Manhattan Institute's annual James Q. Wilson Lecture on Urban Affairs, MI senior fellow and renowned Harvard professor Ed Glaeser will address such questions, and chart a path toward much-needed reform. Glaeser, one of the world's leading urban economists, is the author of dozens of influential academic papers. His most recent book is the acclaimed Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier.