Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt

What is the optimal minimum wage?

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The European Commission advocates an adequate minimum wage, which could be 60% of the median wage. A recent independent report published by the UK’s HM Treasury recommends a similar level. Germany’s Minister of Labour and Social Affairs has committed to a minimum wage of €12 per hour and the Raise the Wage Act would increase the U.S. federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 per hour by 2025. Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Duncan […]

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    Lockdown shows us it is not work that attracts us to big cities – but the social life

Lockdown shows us it is not work that attracts us to big cities – but the social life

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COVID’s effect on the social lives of city dwellers – being able to meet at the pub, restaurants or theatre – may be more relevant for the future of cities than its impact on work, write Gabriel Ahlfeldt, Fabian Bald, Duncan Roth, and Tobias Seidel.

The world is currently experiencing the largest pandemic since the Spanish flu one century ago. […]

Do skyscrapers make economic sense?

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The vast majority of tall buildings—even if they appear out of scale given contemporary perceptions—have a solid economic case, write Gabriel M. Ahlfeldt and Jason Barr.

A hundred years ago, policymakers in New York were convinced that, “few skyscrapers pay large net returns…” and that, “the very tall buildings demand many things out of proportion to their increased bulk” (Heights […]

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