Peter Gordon is a Professor Emeritus in the University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy. Gordon's research interests are in applied urban economics. He has recently written on how cities evolve and grow as well as the problems of the "sprawl" debate.
Gordon is also interested in cities and institutions. He is co-editor (with David Beito and Alexander Tabarrok) of THE VOLUNTARY CITY (The University of Michigan Press, 2002).
Gordon and his colleagues have developed various economic impact models which they apply to the study of the effects of infrastructure investments or disruptions from natural events or terrorist attacks.
Recent work involves the modeling and study of economic impacts. Some of this is reproduced in THE ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (Edward Elgar 2005, co-edited with Harry W. Richardson and James E. Moore II) and THE ECONOMIC COSTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF ECONOMIC TERRORISM (Edward Elgar, 2007, co-edited with Harry W. Richardson and James E. Moore II).
Peter Gordon has published in most of the major urban planning, urban transportation and urban economics journals. He has consulted for local, state and federal agencies, the World Bank, the United Nations and many private groups. Gordon received the Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971.
Cities, Transportation and Human Settlement
Cities, Governance and Institutions
- Thinking About Economic Growth: Cities, Networks, Creativity and Supply Chains for Ideas [PDF]
- Spontaneous Cities [PDF]
- Does Density Matter? [PDF]
- Building Walls Against Bad Infrastructure Policy In New Orleans
- Power to the Neighborhoods [PDF]
- Sustainability planning: first, do no harm [PDF]
- Top-Down Planning, Market
Failures and Spontaneous Orders [PDF]
- Keston Institute for Infrastructure
Debate Series: Regionalism [PDF]
Against: How and Why to Avoid Top-Down Regional Infrastructure
For: The Argument for Regional Governance
- Developers: The Real
City Planners [PDF]
- The Voluntary City: Choice,
Community and Civil Society [PDF]
Communities, Market Institutions, and Planning [PDF]
and Voice in U.S. Settlement Change [PDF]
a Rebirth of Civil Society [PDF]
- Critiquing Sprawls Critics [PDF]
Preservation and Ecological Footprints: A Critique [HTML]
- The Sprawl Debate :
Let Markets Plan [PDF]
- Sustainable Portland?
A Critique, and the Los Angeles Counterpoint [PDF]
- Hayek and Cities: Guidelines for Regional
- Review Essay: The City: Los
Angeles and Urban Theory at the End of the Twentieth Century
- A Critique of New Urbanism
It: The Costs and Benefits of Sprawl.... [PDF]
Fall, 1999, The Brookings Review (Volume 16 Number 4)
- Plan Obsolescence