Chicago's Best Ideas with Anup Malani

Add to Calendar 2023-02-14 12:15:00 2023-02-14 13:20:00 Chicago's Best Ideas with Anup Malani Event details: - University of Chicago Law School America/Chicago public
Room V
1111 East 60th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Open to the Law School community

The (informal) law and economics of slums

Nearly 1 billion people live in urban slums, communities of squatters that have no formal rights to land and live in poor housing.  Professor Malani will discuss why people live in slums and why cities cannot accommodate them.  The talk will explore how people locate and build their homes, why cities do not provide them basic services -- from water and electricity to police and legal services, and how communities cooperate to fill the gap left by the state.  Malani will also discuss different "solutions" to slums -- including giving residents alternative public housing or land rights to the plots they occupy -- and explain why each involves difficult trade-offs.