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Public Lecture with Ed Glaeser | The Happiness of Cities

The Happiness of Cities Public Lecture
Date and time: Wednesday 20 May 2015, 18.30-20.00

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ

Speaker: Ed Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University
Chair: Ricky Burdett, Professor of Urban Studies and Director, LSE Cities, London School of Economics and Political Science

In this LSE Cities public lecture Ed Glaeser will look at the happiness of residents in big cities. Residents of cities typically earn higher wages, but are they any happier? According to surveys on life satisfaction, American cities were once less happy than rural areas. Industrial areas seem once to have paid wages that were high enough for their residents to put up with a little misery, but this is no longer true. The unhappier cities of America’s industrial heartland have shrunk, while the happier cities have grown, and today there is no relationship between city size and self-reported life satisfaction within the U.S. The developing world today appears to be reversing the Western industrial pattern of happy farms/unhappy cities, with far higher levels of life satisfaction in urban areas.

Event twitter hashtag: #LSEGlaeser
For more information please visit our website.
This event will be webcast live on the LSE website here.

Free and open to the public, with no booking necessary.

Image: Thomas Hawk

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