Thursday, September 17, 2009

Why is Houston growing and NYC isn't?

MBA 505 veteran Lea Chan sent me this link to an article by well-known Harvard economist Ed Glaeser about this question. Having visited both cities on multiple occasions, one might think at first glance that this is a simple case of "de gustibus not est disputandum. " Glaeser does a very nice analysis of all the economic factors that might lead a household to prefer to reside in one city or the other, including housing prices, commuting, wages and salaries, and taxes. Of course there are many other factors to consider: Houston has NYC beat bigtime on Mexican food and NYC has sports teams that actually win championships. As I said, de gustibus!

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