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December 4, 2023

Carrie Sturts Dossick featured on Freakonomics Radio episode

Associate Dean for Research and P.D. Koon Professor of Construction Management Carrie Sturts Dossick was interviewed and featured in a NPR Freakonomics Radio episode entitled “566. Why Is It So Hard (and Expensive) to Build Anything in America?”

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Episode description:

“Most industries have become more productive over time. But not construction! We identify the causes — and possible solutions. (Can you say … “prefab”?) RESOURCES: “The Strange and Awful Path of Productivity in the US Construction Sector,” by Austan Goolsbee and Chad Syverson (BFI Working Paper, 2023). “Infrastructure Costs,” by Leah Brooks and Zachary D. Liscow (American Economic Journal: Applied, 2023). “The Silicon Valley Elite Who Want to Build a City From Scratch,” by Conor Dougherty and Erin Griffith (The New York Times, 2023). “A Decent Home,” report by the President’s Committee on Urban Housing (1968). EXTRAS: “Edward Glaeser Explains Why Some Cities Thrive While Others Fade Away,” by People I (Mostly) Admire (2021). “Why Are Cities (Still) So Expensive?” by Freakonomics Radio (2020). SOURCES: Vaughan Buckley, founder and C.E.O. of the Volumetric Building Companies. Carrie Sturts Dossick, professor of construction management at the University of Washington. Ed Glaeser, professor of economics and chair the economics department at Harvard University. Michael Hough, director of MJH Structural Engineers. Ivan Rupnik, professor of architecture at Northeastern University. Chad Syverson, professor of economics at the University of Chicago.”

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