These are a few of my favorite quotes related to my PhD project.

Entrepreneurship
“People like Linus Torvalds creating his Linux and Craig Newmark with his Craigslist remind us of what Schumpeter (1934) almost a century ago stated about entrepreneurial motivation: it is more about the joy of creating and fighting than about accumulating personal wealth.
Bengt Johannisson | 2007

Geography

“When most people hear the word “geography,” they’re reminded of traumatic elementary school quizzes on the names of rivers, mountains ranges, and state capitals. People think of maps. But although the discipline finds its origins in Renaissance exploration and the imperial mapmakers or royal courts, contemporary geographic research has come a long way. Geographers nowadays do everything from building elaborate digital climate models of potential global warming scenarios to picking through bits of fossilized pollen to reconstruct prehistoric agricultural practices, and from tracing the light-speed flows of international capital to documenting localized effects of nature tourism on sub-Saharan village life. The discipline, in short, accommodates a wide range of research methods and topics all united by the axiom that everything happens somewhere, that all human an natural phenomena have, well, geography”
Trevor Paglen | 2009

Cities

“There are some sorts of industry, even of the lowest kind,
which can be carried on nowhere but in a great town”
Adam Smith | 1776

The bourgeoisie has subjected the country to the rule of the towns. It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life.
Marx and Engels | 1848

Experience Economy

“I see the experiences, but where is the economy?”
Official in North Denmark | Spring 2009

Local Economic Development
Geography, is not simply a passive frame of reference, but an active ingredient in economic development and growth.
Allen J. Scott | 2006

Plato wanted to limit the city to 5.000 residents, the largest crowd that could hear an orator. Although the rapid dissemination of ideas is no longer constrained by a lungful of air, the principle remains the same: Every resident of the city should be able to understand every idea that shapes the city. A pet store employee should be able to contribute to the study of the city’s downturns, and so should a PhD economist.
Leon Taylor | 1997

Economy
[I fear that most macroeconomics of the past 30 years are] “spectacularly useless at best, and positively harmful at worst”.
Paul Krugman | June 2009

Ferraro and Taylor (2005) asked about 200 economists at the 2005 annual
meeting to answer a question about opportunity cost adapted from Chapter 1 of Frank & Bernanke’s introductory micro text. Four out of five got it wrong!

Margolis | 2006 Univ. of Chicago Working Paper pdf

Frederikshavn
“How then is possible to generate such enthusiasm and visibility in Frederikshavn – a city which, just a few years ago, was almost synonymous with unemployment and lack of clear identity? (…) [T]aking unconventional approaches leads to the creation of something special. So when we work together, across all kinds of boundaries, we can achieve things what we could never accomplish alone.
E. Sørensen, Mayor | 2007

“Frederikshavn in northern Denmark will be the first medium-sized city in the world to be exclusively supplied with electricity, heat and power for transportation from renewable energy sources”.
Royal Danish Ministery of Foreign Affairs | 2006

Global economic crisis
Aren’t we sick yet about stories about housing? The answer is no, we’re not.
Mike Mandel | June 4, 2009

“The June employment report suggests that the alleged ‘green shoots’ are mostly yellow weeds that may eventually turn into brown manure…”
Nouriel Roubini (aka Dr. Doom)| Jul 2, 2009

“If global city stagnation ever does occur, it will inexorably cause economic life everywhere to stagnate and deteriorate, and there will be no way out: no existing vigorous cities to intervene, no young cities arising (…) If that were to happen, we may be sure that as the practice of developing city economies vanished, the memory of how the thing is done would vanish too (…) We all have our nightmares about the economic life; that one is mine
Jane Jacobs | 1984 last paragraph of the “Cities and the Wealth of Nations”

Doing a PhD

As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as from the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.

Denis Diderot | 1755

“After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books.”

Attributed to Albert Camus

As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.

Donald Rumsfeld, US Department of Defense | 12 February 2002

Denmark
The way Denmark has achieved its success has made it a darling of European social democrats and American liberals, and the country has been overrun lately with visiting journalists, academics and politicians looking for insights.
Time Magazine | Nov. 15, 2007

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