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Global Matters: Housing, human behaviour and rethinking cities with Edward Glaeser | CEDA

As world population grows, pressure is being put on our cities to provide sustainable housing that meet the needs of a changing demographic. Part of CEDA's Global Matters livestream series, CEDA Chief Economist, Cassandra Winzar, sat down with Edward Glaeser, Department Chair, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University, to discuss the future of cities in both an Australian and global context.

"I have no problem with fast-tracking projects that provide middle-sized units to [essential and middle-income workers] at relatively low rents."

"[There are] homeowners who claim that they're environmentalists but at the same time, their housing restrictions ensure that we sprawl much more than we are and we use more carbon than we should."

"I still don't think, ultimately, you get people to act against their financial self interest very easily. I think for that reason, it's very hard to get any sort of coalition of homeowners to be in favour of promoting more affordable housing," Edward Glaeser, Department Chair, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University.

Listen to the full interractive livestream below:
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