Paul Romer delivered his University Professorship lecture on April 1, 2014. His talk places the study of cities in what political scientist Donald Stokes called Pasteur's Quadrant: the area of scholarship in which abstract research is motivated by practical problem-solving on the ground. Romer asserted that the best way to advance the fundamental understanding of cities is by engaging with the people who are actually responsible for addressing the challenges that urban residents face. He focuses specifically on the public safety challenges faced by the city of Detroit.
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