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Paul Romer

Paul Romer

Joined Stern 2010

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street,
New York, NY 10012

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Biography

Paul Romer, an economist and policy entrepreneur, is the founding director of the NYU Stern Urbanization Project. The Urbanization Project conducts applied research on the many ways in which policymakers in the developing world can use the rapid growth of cities to create economic opportunity and undertake systemic social reform. Professor Romer is also a University Professor at New York University and Director of NYU's Marron Institute of Urban Management. Marron deepens the fundamental understanding of cities by working with civic innovators to improve urban management.

Before coming to NYU, Professor Romer taught at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. While there, he took an entrepreneurial detour to start Aplia, an education technology company dedicated to increasing student effort and classroom engagement. To date, students have submitted more than 1 billion answers to homework problems on the Aplia website.

Prior to Stanford, Professor Romer taught in the economics departments at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago and the University of Rochester. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a non-resident scholar at both the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2002, he received the Recktenwald Prize for his work on the role of ideas in sustaining economic growth.

Professor Romer serves on the board of trustees for the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching. He is also a member of the board of directors for Community Solutions, a national not-for-profit dedicated to strengthening communities and ending homelessness.

Professor Romer earned a B.S. in mathematics from the University of Chicago. He earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago after doing graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Queens University.

Awards & Appointments

 
Center for Global Development Fellow 2010
Horst Claus Recktenwald Prize in Economics 2002
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow 2000
Stanford Business School Distinguished Teaching Award 1999
American Economics Association Executive Council Member 1996
Econometric Society Fellow 1990
Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences Fellow 1989
Sloan Foundation Fellow 1988
National Bureau of Economic Research Research Associate 1987

Selected Publications

P. Romer and C. Jones (2010)
The New Kaldor Facts: Ideas, Institutions, Population, and Human Capital
Forthcoming American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, January 2010

P. Romer (1996)
Preferences, Promises, and the Politics of Entitlement
Chapter 7 from Individual and Social Responsibility

P. Romer (1994)
New Goods, Old Theory, and the Welfare Costs of Trade Restrictions
Journal of Development Economics, No. 43 (1994), pp. 5-38

P. Romer (1990)
Endogenous Technological Change
Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 98, No. 5

P. Romer (1986)
Increasing Returns and Long-Run Growth
Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 94, No. 5 (Oct. 1986), pp. 1002-1037

Related Research

Stern's Urbanization Project Hosts the Brown Bag Discussion Series

Prof. Paul Romer's comments on economic growth at an International Monetary Fund (IMF) panel are highlighted

Profs Paul Romer and Michael Spence participated in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) panel discussion

Stern's Urbanization Project Hosts a Conversation with UCLA's Mark Kleiman

Prof. Paul Romer on Scotland's upcoming vote for independence

Prof. Paul Romer discusses Stern's focus on urbanization

Prof. Paul Romer's research on innovation is highlighted

Stern's Urbanization Project Hosts a Conversation with Harvard University's Edward Glaeser

Prof. Paul Romer and Research Scholar Brandon Fuller's research on urbanization is cited

Prof. Paul Romer and research scholar Alain Bertaud on urban growth in India

University Prof. Paul Romer Delivers Lecture on “Approaching the City through Pasteur’s Quadrant”

Prof. Paul Romer and Research Scholar Brandon Fuller's research on urban populations is highlighted

Planning for Rapid Urbanization

Stern's Urbanization Project Hosts the Brown Bag Discussion Series

Prof. Paul Romer and Research Scholar Brandon Fuller's research on government services is cited

Prof. Paul Romer discusses public safety and democracy with NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton

Prof. Paul Romer on the role of government in the digital age

Stern's Urbanization Project Hosts the Brown Bag Discussion Series

Prof. Paul Romer on the obstacles to urban expansion

Stern's Urbanization Project Hosts a Conversation with Bill Bratton, CEO of Bratton Group LLC

Areas of Expertise

Economics

  • Emerging Markets
  • International Economic Policy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political Economy