On February 9 Regional Plan Association and the Policy Research Institute for the Region of Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School held a luncheon forum for regional business leaders and scholars on "The Economic Geography of Megaregions."
The forum featured presentations by economists Saskia Sassen of the University of Chicago and Edward Glaeser of Harvard University, and responses by Paul Krugman of Princeton University and Kip Bergstrom of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council.
The presenters and discussants attempted to answer the questions:
o Can megaregion-scale agglomerations be encouraged?
o What are the advantages of doing so?
o What are the public policies and infrastructure investments to encourage agglomeration at the megaregion scale?
11/20/07: The complete conference papers are now available in this report published by Princeton University, The Economic Geography of Megaregions.
Image: Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs