Vancouver School of Economics,
     University of British Columbia

Joshua D. Gottlieb

Vancouver School of Economics
University of British COlumbia

Selected media discussion of my research is listed on this page, organized by the relevant paper or topic.  

Experimenting With Entrepreneurship: The Effect of Job-Protected Leave

Bloomberg, "Want More Startups? Build a Better Safety Net", Noah Smith, Oct. 28, 2016.
Politico, "America's innovation crisis", Danny Vinik, Oct. 14, 2016.
Washington Center for Equitable Growth, "
Protecting against risk can help boost U.S. entrepreneurship", Nick Bunter, July 26, 2016.

Medicare Payment Cuts Continue to Restrain Inflation

Wall Street Journal Moneybeat, "Don’t Look Now, But There Are Signs Inflation Is Picking Up", Ben Eisen, June 17, 2016.

B.C. Housing Affordability Fund

*Squamish Chief, "Developing Squamish", Jennifer Thuncher, Oct. 23, 2016.

Op-ed: The Globe and Mail, "A better way to tax vacant Vancouver homes", Joshua Gottlieb, July 25, 2016.

*CBC, The Early Edition, Rick Cluff, July 26, 2016.

*The Province, "Squeezed out: Renters losing homes as Lower Mainland owners cash in on hot market", Jennifer Saltman, June 11, 2016.

*CBC, The Exchange, Peter Armstrong, May 12, 2016.

*CBC, The Early Edition, "Taxing vacant homes would increase housing stock says economist", Rick Cluff, March 9, 2016.

*The Globe and Mail, "Balancing act", Justine Hunter and Mike Hager, Feb. 12, 2016.

*The Globe and Mail, "B.C. professors call for property surtax on vacant Vancouver housing", Frances Bula, Jan. 18, 2016.

Additional interviews about the BCHAF proposal are listed here.

The Wealth of Cities: Agglomeration Economies and Spatial Equilibrium in the United States

The Economist, "Gotham on Thames", Free Exchange, Feb. 25, 2016.

How Much Do Medicare Cuts Reduce Inflation?

The Incidental Economist, "Are Medicare cuts causing private insurer cuts?", Austin Frakt, Sept. 29, 2014.

In the Shadow of a Giant: Medicare's Influence on Private Payment Systems

US News, "Where Krugman Goes Wrong on Health Care", Stan Veuger, May 22, 2014.

*Managed Care, "Medicare, the Gorilla in the Room, Weighs in at More than 800 Pounds", John Carroll, Feb. 2014.

Bloomberg, "What Liberals Don’t Get About Single Payer", Ezra Klein, Jan. 8, 2014.
FierceHealthFinance, "Medicare huge influence in healthcare spending rates", Jan. 2, 2014.

*The Washington Post, "Medicare pricing drives high health-care costs", Peter Whoriskey, Jan. 1, 2014.

AcademyHealth Blog, "A cost shifting update", Austin Frakt, Dec. 12, 2013.

National Center for Policy Analysis Daily Policy Digest, "The Costly Effects of Medicare", Oct. 25, 2013.

Marginal Revolution, "How Medicare influences private payment systems (model this)", Tyler Cowen, Oct. 17, 2013.

AEIdeas, "Study: Medicare inefficiently raises private-sector healthcare spending", James Pethokoukis, Oct. 17, 2013.

The National Bureau of Economic Research, "Medicare Leads the Market in Setting Physician Payments" featured as "New NBER Research" on, Oct. 16, 2013.

Brad DeLong's Blog, "Noted For Your Morning Procrastination on October 9, 2013", Brad DeLong, Oct. 9, 2013.

Unhappy Cities

BBC, "Why do people like bashing Pennsylvania?" Nov. 26, 2014.

*Pacific Standard, "What Makes a City Unhappy?", Dana McMahan, Nov. 21, 2014.

Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal, Miles Kimball, Oct. 17, 2014.

WalletHub, "2014′s Most and Least Happy States in America", Sept. 22, 2014.

UrbanLand, "America’s Happiest Cities: What Makes a City a 'Happier' Place?", Jonathan Todd, Aug. 11, 2014.

Slate, "New York’s Dour State of Mind", Aug. 5, 2014.

The Washington Post, "The appeal of unhappy cities", July 30, 2014.

Above The Law, "Happy Cities, Unhappy Law Students (And Vice Versa)?", July 29, 2014. 

*Sher-e-Punjab Radio AM 1550 Vancouver, July 28, 2014.

Boston Globe, "Does living in Boston make people unhappy?", Kevin Hartnett, July 27, 2014.

CBS Sunday Morning, Passage: The happiest and unhappiest cities", July 27, 2014.

*The Guardian, "Happiness is a place called Charlottesville, Virginia", Edward Helmore, July 27, 2014.

Instapundit, "Charlottesville, Eh?", Glenn Reynolds, July 26, 2014.

Vox, "Map: The happiest places in America", Danielle Kurtzleben, July 24, 2014.

*Lakeshore Public Media 89.1 FM Gary, "Gary One of the Least Happy Cities But Does it Matter?", July 23, 2014.

International Business Times, "Study Reveals The Most Unhappiest Cities in The US", Sarah Thomas, July 23, 2014.

Daily Mail (London), "How happy is your city? Study says Richmond is America's most contented area - with New York its unhappiest (but they say people come for the money anyway)", Mark Prigg, July 22, 2014.

*New York Post, "New York, America's Unhappiest City", David Li, July 22, 2014.
*New York Magazine, "NYC Is the Unhappiest American City", Melissa Dahl, July 22, 2014.
*WINA 1070 Newsradio Charlottesville, July 22, 2014. 
CBS Philadelphia, "Report: Philadelphia’s A Pretty Unhappy City, But New York Fares Far Worse", July 22, 2014.

*CKNW 980 AM Vancouver, The Simi Sara Show, "Unhappiest Cities in the US", Simi Sara, July 21, 2014.

*KIRO 97.3 FM Seattle, July 21, 2014.

*New Orleans Times-Picayune, "Lafayette, Baton Rouge among the top 5 happiest places in the U.S., report says", Diana Samuels, July 21, 2014.

Huffington Post, "The Happiest And Unhappiest Cities In America May Surprise You", Lindsay Holmes, July 21, 2014.

HousingWire, "People who live in unhappy cities get better housing", Trey Garrison, July 21, 2014.

Shreveport Times, "Who's happy? Survey says Shreveport-Bossier City third happiest nationally", Scott Ferrell, July 20, 2014.

Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, "New York City is the most unhappy city in America", Steve Goldstein, July 18, 2014.

Wall Street Journal MarketWatch, "Living in unhappy cities used to get you more pay. Now, it gets you a better house", Steve Goldstein, July 18, 2014.

*Wall Street Journal Live (online video interview), "Why Do People Move to 'Unhappy' Cities?", July 16, 2014.

Realty Today, "Study Reveals Why More People are Flocking to Unhappy Cities", Rati Gupta, July 16, 2014.

Crain's Cleveland Business Editor's Choice, "What makes people move to 'unhappy' cities? It's the cost of living", Scott Suttell, July 15, 2014.

FiveThirtyEight DataLab, "In the Papers: Prison, Prostitution and Unhappy Cities", Ben Casselman, July 14, 2014.

CityLab, "Why People Still Move to 'Unhappy' Places", Eric Jaffe, July 14, 2014.

Dallas Morning News Biz Beat Blog, "Does Living in a City Make You Unhappy?", Sheryl Jean, April 22, 2014. 

Do Physicians' Financial Incentives Affect Medical Treatment and Patient Health?

Marginal Revolution, "Claims about health care", Tyler Cowen, Dec. 2, 2011.

The Boston Globe, "In health care, fee-for-service means too many services," Edward Glaeser, Oct. 20, 2011

Can Cheap Credit Explain the Housing Boom?

The National Bureau of Economic Research, Paper featured as "New NBER Research" on, Sep. 22, 2010.

The Economist Free Exchange blog, "Fannie and Freddie: guilty?", Ryan Avent, Sep. 21, 2010.

Financial Times Alphaville blog, "The housing bubble reconsidered," Cardiff Garcia, Sep. 2, 2010.

Marginal Revolution, "How much did interest rates matter for the housing boom?", Tyler Cowen, Sep. 1, 2010.

The New York Times Economix blog, "Interest Rates and House Prices: A Murky World," Edward Glaeser, Aug. 17, 2010.

The New York Times Economix blog, "For the Housing Convulsion, Good Data Is Hard to Find," Edward Glaeser, Aug. 10, 2010.

The Wall Street Journal, "Fed Off the Hook for the Housing Bubble?", Alen Mattich , Aug. 3, 2010.

The New York Times Economix blog, "Did Low Interest Rates Cause the Great Housing Convulsion?", Edward Glaeser, Aug. 3, 2010.

Marginal Revolution, "Don't obsess over interest rates," Tyler Cowen, Aug. 3, 2010.

The Boston Herald Getting Real blog, "What caused housing boom?" May 12, 2010.

The Washington Post, "Bursting the bubble about the causes of the housing bubble," Elizabeth Razzi, May 8, 2010.

The Baltimore Sun Real Estate Wonk blog, "What's really to blame for the housing bubble," May 8, 2010., "What Caused the Great Housing Maelstrom?" Edward Glaeser, May 7, 2010., "Housing Bubble Was Whose Fault? Not the Fed's, Says New Study," Lita Epstein, May 7, 2010.

Reuters, "Research may exonerate Fed for housing bubble," Aaron Pressman, May 5, 2010.

The Boston Globe, "Study puts new spin on the housing bubble," Robert Gavin, May 5, 2010.

CNBC Realty Check blog, "Loose Lending Didn't Create the Housing Bubble," Diana Olick, May 4, 2010.

Urban Resurgence and the Consumer City

The Economist Free Exchange blog, "Living in a Yuppie Ghetto", Feb. 3, 2008.

Reason magazine, "Bowling Together: Sprawl and Social Virtue," Brian Doherty, March 2007.

Yale Law Journal Pocket Part, "City, Heal Thyself," Robert Ellickson, Dec. 11, 2006.

Policy Commentary

*CKNW News 980 AM Vancouver, Jeremy Lye, March 4, 2016.
*CBC, "New mortgage rules not only solution for Canada's red-hot real estate market: academics", Jillian Bell, Feb. 16, 2016.
*iPolitics, "Debate night: Questions for the party leaders on the economy", Deane McRobie and BJ Siekierski, Sep. 17, 2015.
*CKWX News1130 Seattle, "Property vs sales taxes: which is the more efficient way of raising money for transit improvements?", March 20, 2015.
*Business in Vancouver, "Public puts transportation issue on the election map", Hayley Woodin, Nov. 4, 2014.
*Vancouver Sun, "Only Hong Kong tops Vancouver as least affordable city", Matthew Robinson, Jan. 21, 2014.

* includes interview.