Edward is a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he has taught since 1992. He teaches urban and social economics and microeconomic theory.
He has published dozens of papers on cities, economic growth and law and economics. In particular, his work has focused on the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centres of idea transmission. He also edits The Quarterly Journal of Economics. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1992.