About this blog
This blog is a creative outlet for me to muse about cities. Although the title implies economics is the main theme, it’s much broader than that. I’m interested in a wide range of issues that impact and are relevant to cities and the people that call them home. Although I’m not an economist, I find economic principles and ideas a useful lens to look at many of these issues. That being said, this blog borrows and applies ideas from other disciplines as well (particularly social science and public policy) and tries to rely on data and hard evidence whenever possible.
I know there are others equally passionate about urban issues as I am and that some may have different opinions, different interpretations of what the data say, or maybe even different sources of data. If you this applies to you feel free to post a comment. I’d love to hear feedback, have a discussion, and learn more about these topics that interest me.
My name is Matt Eldridge. I’m an urban dweller and city lover, born in Washington, D.C. and with a great love for this city I call home (which will become quickly apparent to anyone who reads this blog). After working at the World Bank and at a public policy consulting firm, I landed at my current job, at the Urban Institute, which allows me to interact with and learn from some of the smartest economics and social science researchers in the country.
I earned both of my BA and MSc in international development and have a continuing interest in ideas (big and small) that impact poverty, inequality, productivity, innovation, and mobility.