Romer, an economist and policy entrepreneur, is a co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences and has spent his career at the intersection of economics, innovation, technology, and urbanization, working to speed up human progress. Romer previously served as the chief economist at the World Bank, where he worked to advance the multilateral institution’s critical research function. He is the founding director of NYU’s Marron Institute of Urban Management, which works to help cities plan for their futures and improve the health, safety, and mobility of their citizens, as well as the founder of the Charter Cities initiative, which introduced a framework designed to help traditionally disenfranchised populations share in the benefits of rapid urbanization. A more complete biography for Romer, who holds an appointment in NYU’s College of Arts and Science, is available on his website.
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