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2016 James Q. Wilson Lecture on Urban Affairs

Edward Glaeser Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 - , , New York City

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2016 James Q. Wilson Lecture on Urban Affairs: Have We Reached “The End of Work”?

Edward Glaeser Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute; Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University
New York City 06:00pm—07:30pm
Thursday June 23
Thursday June 23 2016
PAST EVENT Thursday June 23 2016

At many U.S. hospitals, IBM’s Watson, an artificial-intelligence (AI) computer system, determines the best course of treatment for individual cancer patients. The Associated Press now uses AI software to write thousands of articles on corporate earnings. Uber recently tested its first driverless car. And U.S. manufacturing jobs—despite a recent rebound—are down by nearly 6 million, or one-third, since 2000.

Are advanced economies really approaching the “end of work”? Are technological progress and globalization to blame for the rich world’s employment and growth crisis? In the Manhattan Institute’s 2016 James Q. Wilson Lecture, renowned Harvard economist Edward Glaeser will argue that, contrary to received wisdom, the “end of work” is not the inevitable outcome of progress and market forces. The real culprit: stifling government regulation that, among others, makes work less flexible and discourages small-scale entrepreneurship.

Edward Glaeser, a contributing editor of City Journal, is the author of the 2012 best-seller Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. He holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

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For 15 years, James Q. Wilson, who passed away in March 2012, delivered an enormously popular annual lecture for the Manhattan Institute. The impressive variety of his topics—the criminal-justice system, the roots of terrorism, the role of the media in shaping public opinion, and the nature of democracy, to name just a few—reflected his wide-ranging intellect, and the size of the audiences that attended testified to a long and admiring relationship between Professor Wilson and the Manhattan Institute.

Wilson, a former professor at Harvard University and UCLA, wrote many books, among them The Moral Sense and The Marriage Problem. His public service included the chairmanship of the White House Task Force on Crime in 1966 and the National Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse Prevention from 1972 to 1973. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Wilson received the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in July 2003.

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