Edward Glaeser (Harvard University, United States), Jens Südekum (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf), Bas ter Weel (SEO Economic Research/University of Amsterdam, Jeroen Slot (City of Amsterdam)
Friday, 9 September 2016

Yes, that is what cities do, claims leading urban economist Edward Glaeser in his 2011 bestseller book ‘Triumph of the City’. And indeed, many cities are places of economic growth, prosperity and fun. Amsterdam is no exception.

But how does this work? Why do workers earn more in larger cities? Does this also hold for cities in the developing world? And what does this mean for the future of Amsterdam? Should policy makers in Amsterdam cheer the city’s current success or should they worry about the sharp rise in housing prices and the ever increasing number of tourists?

During the symposium four renowned urban experts will present their views on the success of cities, both from an international and from an Amsterdam perspective.

Edward Glaeser Harvard University, USA
Jens Südekum Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, Germany
Bas ter Weel SEO Economic Research / University of Amsterdam
Jeroen Slot City of Amsterdam

The symposium is organized by the Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, the Department of Spatial Economics and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and the Department of Research, Information and Statistics of the City of Amsterdam.

Organizing committee

Jessie Bakens, Raymond Florax, Henri de Groot, Peter Mulder


The symposium is free of charge, but due to limited seating capacity advance registration is required. Register before September 2 by sending an email to Jessie Bakens at j.bakens@vu.nl


13:30–14:00             Participant welcome

14:00–14:10             Opening

14:10–14:45            Edward Glaeser, Cities, technology and the developing world

14:45–15:15            Jens Südekum, Why do workers earn more in larger cities?

15:15–15:45             Break

15:45–16:00            Bas ter Weel, Who benefits from the success of Amsterdam?

 16:00–16:15             Jeroen Slot, Searching for balance in a crowded Amsterdam

16:15–17:00             Plenary discussion

17:00–18:00             Drinks

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