Inaugural Conference on Economic Opportunity
May 27, 2022
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Opportunity Insights

We are excited to announce that Opportunity Insights is hosting a conference to discuss early-stage research broadly related to economic opportunity. Professor Edward Glaeser will deliver the keynote address on the role of cities and neighborhoods in shaping economic opportunity. The determinants of economic opportunity and intergenerational mobility cut across many areas within economics and our goal is to bring together scholars with different perspectives on these issues. We are particularly interested in building a community of junior academics working in this space and thus we encourage post docs and junior faculty to apply.


Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics and the Chairman of the Department of Economics at Harvard University, where he has taught microeconomic theory, and occasionally urban and public economics, since 1992. He has served as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He has published dozens of papers on cities economic growth, law, and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.


To be considered, please submit a paper or extended abstract here by August 1st. Papers should not yet be accepted for publication in a journal but the authors should anticipate having a draft to share with other attendees by the date of the conference. The conference will be held at our offices in Cambridge, MA and will open with a welcome event on the evening of October 20th followed by a day of presentations on October 21st. The audience will include faculty affiliates and research associates of Opportunity Insights as well as other members of the Harvard social science community. We will be able to cover the cost of travel and accommodation for the presenters of accepted papers. Jamie Fogel, Matthew Staiger, and Winnie van Dijk are organizing the conference. For any questions, please contact Matthew at .