Sunday, May 04, 2014

Big Data and Urban Field Experiments Focused on Reducing GHG Emissions

With the exception of the impressive HUD Moving to Opportunity experiments, urban economists have not engaged in enough field experimentation.  With this thought in mind, I wrote a general interest piece focused on how the rise of Big Data lowers the cost of implementing field experiments intended to increase urban sustainability and improve quality of life.   The video of my presentation will soon be posted here and you will find it funny.  My paper is subtle about the political economy of whether urban mayors have strong incentives to experiment.  Was Mike Bloomberg unique?