Economic stagnation, high joblessness, family breakdown, an opioid crisis— America's rural heartland faces a growing list of troubles. J.D. Vance wrote about them in his bestseller Hillbilly Elegy. Donald Trump tapped into them on his way to the White House. In the 2017 James Q. Wilson Lecture, renowned economist Edward Glaeser will offer his own diagnosis of what went wrong in Middle America—and how to ﬁx it.
Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and a contributing editor of City Journal. Glaeser's research focuses on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He has authored dozens of papers on cities, economic growth, and law and economics, as well as the 2012 New York Times bestseller, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier. Glaeser holds a B.A. from Princeton University and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.