Congestion fees have recently been presented as the tool to solve all urban problems. Economists vouch for it, city leaders praise it, and only the general public dislike it.
“The general public is dumb”, say some economists. “They don’t know what’s good for them”.
“It will only improve the lives of people who live in the periphery”, say economists living in the center of metropolitan areas.
“You are suspicious for nothing”, they conclude after considering data from other economists living in central cities like London, Stockholm or Singapore.
Well, are they right?
Continue reading “The downside of congestion fees”
Yesterday I’ve presented some work at a seminar regarding options for Congestion Charge in Tel Aviv. Really enjoyed it, both on the auditorium stage and in the rows listening to others.
It was interesting, the intense debate led by Prof. Trajtenberg was inspiring and all an all it was great fun.
If you are looking for it, here is my presentation from that seminar – LINK
Amazon and similar multinational companies have grown to become an essential part of world trade. Instead of going to the store, the store now comes to you. Well, this is convenient for the consumer, but what does it do to our cities? In the long run, the short-term profit of the private firm comes at what expense to the entire community?
If everything is so great, how come we have so much to complain about?
There are many articles discussing globalization but in my opinion the theory behind the phenomenon is lacking. I think that many people present globalization as if it is a clear-cut, good or bad issue. Doing so derails our ability to understand it. Globalization is good for some people and bad for others. To support one side of the debate and dismiss another is to turn your ears from the genuine distress of those beside you.
Continue reading “The Fool, the Bad and the Lazy – Globalization Mathematics”
My presentation for the annual conference of the Israel Planners Accusation (2019), March 7 2019 in the Old City of Beer Sheva.
In Hebrew, sorry.
העיר – כשלון כלכלי מפואר, באר שבע 2019