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The Rise and Fall of Urban Economies: relationships and leadership in economic development

Michael Storper, Distinguished Professor of Regional and International Development, UCLA, USA

Date/Time: Tuesday 5 December 2017

In 1970, Los Angeles and San Francisco had almost identical income levels per resident; by 2010, San Francisco was almost a third richer. This divergence is largely due to the different capacities for organisational change in their firms and networks of people and leaders. This lecture drew on economics, sociology, political science and geography to challenge conventional notions about development in general and in urban regions around the world.