About the authors

Ed Glaeser is a Research Programme Director for the IGC’s Cities Research Programme. He is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, where he also serves as Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government and the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston. He also edits The Quarterly Journal of Economics. He studies the economics of cities, and has written several papers on urban issues, including the growth of cities, segregation, crime and housing markets. He received his BA in Economics from Princeton University and his PhD from the University of Chicago (1992). In 2011, Glaeser published a book, Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier which was shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

Helen Sims was the Policy Communications Manager at the IGC. She holds an MSc in Africa and International Development from The University of Edinburgh, an LLB and a BA (Public Policy and International Relations) from Victoria University of Wellington. Prior to undertaking her masters, she worked in policy development for the New Zealand Ministry of Education, as well as being involved with NGO’s in Kenya, Uganda and the UK.