• Urbanization Passes the Prichett Test

    By Paul Romer

    Policy-induced changes in the urban share of the population could have big effects on GDP per capita and could operate on a scale that affects the quality of life for billions of people.


  • Conversation in Hong Kong on Urbanization, Charter Cities, and Economic Growth

    When I was in Hong Kong in March, I had a chance to talk with Cloud Yip from iMoney Magazine about the research and policy issues that interest us both. As Cloud emphasized, for people living there, the possibilities, and pitfalls, of a rapidly growing, rapidly urbanizing, developing world are very real. Click through to read a transcript of our conversation.


  • Mathiness in the Theory of Ecconomic Growth

    by Paul Romer

    The style that I am calling mathiness lets academic politics masquerade as science. Like mathematical theory, mathiness uses a mixture of words and symbols, but instead of making tight links, it leaves ample room for slippage between statements in natural versus formal language and between statements with theoretical as opposed to empirical content.


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