ADB Distinguished Speaker Program—Edward Glaeser

Series: ADB Distinguished Speakers Program Series

ADB Distinguished Speaker Program—Edward Glaeser

08 June 2021

Cities have the potential to play a fundamental role in bringing entrepreneurs and workers together, creating new and better jobs, and driving economic growth.

In his lecture, Professor Edward Glaeser focused on policy priorities for Asia’s urban transformation, including the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic for managing cities and urban infrastructure, especially transport. Led by Vice President Bambang Susantono, a panel of experts from the ADB’s knowledge and operations departments discussed how ADB can help fulfill the promise of Asia’s cities.

Webinar attendees were expected to engage with the distinguished speaker to:

  • Hear the latest thinking on the role of cities in driving economic growth and generating jobs.
  • Understand what lessons the Covid-19 pandemic holds for managing cities.
  • Discuss how multilateral development banks and bilateral partners can support the growth of sustainable and resilient cities in Asia.
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
08 Jun 2021 Presentation Asia’s Cities: Imperatives for Resilience and Growth
This presentation gives an overviewof policy priorities for Asia’s urban transformation, including the lessons from the Covid-19 pandemic for managing...
Edward Glaeser
08 Jun 2021 Publication Publication: Creating Livable Asian Cities
This book explores how Asia’s fast-growing cities can fulfill their potential as engines of economic prosperity and provide a livable environment for ...
08 Jun 2021 Infographic Infographic: Fostering growth and inclusion in Asia’s cities
This is an infographic describingthe full and long-term benefits of cities as engines of growth, jobs, and innovation require an integrated agenda.
08 Jun 2021 Guidance Note COVID-19 and Livable Cities in Asia and the Pacific: Guidance Note
This guidance note aims to support cities in ADB developing member countries to effectively and immediately respond to the impact of the coronavirus disease...


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