Posts by ryan

Just Admiring the Problem?

Brendon Slotterback issues a “challenge to the market-oriented urbanists”: Understanding the impacts of restrictive zoning on rents is important. But every time I read one of these change-the-zoning posts, I can’t help feeling that I’m watching the discovery of a concept (densifying urban areas) that smart growth advocates and planning students have known and been […]

Making Affordable Housing Affordable

Matt’s book has prompted a new round of discussion of the nature of housing supply response in generating affordability. There is a general discomfort among many on the left with the idea that sufficient liberalization of housing regulations could lead to enough new supply to make housing affordable for lower income workers. There will always be […]

The Rent is Too Damn High

If you only buy one ebook on the sources and costs of expensive housing, make it mine. If you buy two, and you really should buy at least two, make the second one Matt’s. The Rent is Too Damn High is out today and very much worth the purchase price. It’s characteristic Yglesias — accessible […]

Moving Toward Stagnation

I wanted to gather three recent posts from Free Exchange in one place. They amount to a sort of wonky restatement of some of the key arguments in The Gated City. First: ED LUCE had in piece in yesterday’s Financial Times on America’s labour market, which attracted quite a lot of attention. Here’s one interesting snippet: Finally, […]

Race Against the Machine

Over at Free Exchange, I write about the new ebook by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee titled Race Against the Machine. The authors argue that many of America’s recent economic troubles can be ascribed to the enormous rapidity of technological change in information and communication technologies, and that the answer to this challenge lies in investing […]

Paper of the Day

Is here: We study the location and productivity of more than 1,000 research and development (R&D) labs located in the Northeast corridor of the U.S. Using a variety of spatial econometric techniques, we find that these labs are substantially more concentrated in space than the underlying distribution of manufacturing activity. Ripley’s K-function tests over a variety of spatial scales […]


I was very pleased to join Russ Roberts for his Econtalk podcast, in which we discussed the new book. Check it out here.

A Few Gated City Clarifications

I’ve been meaning to respond to a few points made by Aaron Renn in a recent review of The Gated City, and I’ve finally found a few spare minutes to do so. So! First, Renn asks about the distinction between employment density and residential density. At a very local level, this is obviously important, as […]

TGC links

Aaron Renn And here’s an interview on the book at Reason.