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ReadThisThing (Sep 13th, 2019)

This year's Burning Man is over, but researcher Paul Romer's work has just begun, as he's now mulling over how the annual event can help form the future of urban planning. Romer, a Nobel prize winning economist, was once the chief economist of the World Bank, and hardly seems like the average attendee of the annual desert happening. But according to Romer, Burning Man "is the miracle of the invisible hand. All of this stuff happens by self-interest, and it just magically appears" when in actuality, "there’s this huge amount of planning that actually is what’s required beneath it to make the order emerge.”

Read more at The New York Times

A Nobel-Winning Economist Goes to Burning Man

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