Universities and Regional Growth
Wednesday, November 25, 8:30PM-9:30PM (New Delhi)
Speaker: Dr. Alex Whalley
Associate Professor of Economics
University of Calgary
As many economies continue to shift away from the production of goods to the production of knowledge and ideas, the amount of human capital in a region will remain key to its success. Widely varying concentrations of human capital have contributed to increased clustering of economic activity and diverging fortunes of different places. Expanding higher education activity in struggling communities is increasingly being considered as a potential place-based policy that could spur economic growth in these areas. However, the evidence suggests that the establishment of a research university may not be sufficient to transform a local economy.
Bio: Alexander Whalley is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Lab Economist with the Creative Destruction Lab-Rockies. His research has examined how university technology affects regional growth, urban transit impacts air quality and the effects of accountability structures on government performance. Professor Whalley has received financial support from the National Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and the National Bureau of Economic Research for his research.
Dr. Whalley received his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and completed his doctorate in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park
Moderator: Dr. Chitrakalpa Sen, Associate Professor, JGBS