Paul Romer

Why the world needs charter cities

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Filmed Jan 2009 at TEDGlobal 2009
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How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)

Paul Romer
/ New-growth economist

Paul Romer is developing a radical new model of growth and governance, which calls for the establishment of city-scale special administrative zones.  Full bio.

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