The Power of The Grid

Dr. Paul Romer to Deliver April 28 Alexander Brody Memorial Lecture in Economics

Dr. Paul Romer, founding director of the New York University Stern Urbanization Project and director of the Marron Institute of Urban Management, will deliver the annual Alexander Brody Distinguished Lecture in Economics at Yeshiva University on Tuesday, April 28 at 7:30 pm. The event, titled “The Power of the Grid: On the Connection between Urbanization and Development,” will take place at Weissberg Commons on YU’s Wilf Campus, 2495 Amsterdam Avenue, and is open to the public.

Dr. Paul Romer
Dr. Paul Romer

Paul Romer, an economist and policymaker, is known for his work with the NYU Urbanization Project, which 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. In his position at Marron, Romer deepens the fundamental understanding of cities by working with civic innovators to improve urban management.

“Professor Romer is one of the world’s leading thinkers in the areas of technology, urbanization, and economic growth,” said Dr. James Kahn, the Henry and Bertha Kressel Professor and Chair of Economics at YU, who also chairs the lecture.

Romer 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.

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.

The Professor Alexander Brody Distinguished Service Lecture is presented annually by the YU Economics Department. It is named for Alexander Brody, a professor of economics and history who died in 1968 after a 34-year tenure at YU. Admission is free and open to the public with a valid photo ID. For further information contact Lawrence Gillig at