I have now spent one day in Tel Aviv and soon will fly to Shanghai. When I am in China, this blog will not be updated because I won't be able to access it. When I return to LA in late July, these entries will start up again. Tel Aviv is a modern beach city. It feels like a slightly more humid Los Angeles. Most people here are well tanned and look physically fit.
Yesterday I was in Istanbul and gave a lecture to somewhere between 500 and 1000 people. This was a great opportunity to talk about cities and adapting to climate change. I have the feeling that I was the only University of Chicago economist in the room. I tried my best to say some smart stuff. In a recent post, I linked to my slides. For reasons I don't understand, the conference organizers didn't bother to videotape my talk. I would have paid for them to have done so. Maybe they anticipated that it would be a low quality talk?