Archive: Scott Beyer

Scott Beyer is a Catalyst Columnist Fellow on a 1.5-year research project through the Global South for Catalyst’s Market Urbanism Around the World series. He is the owner of Market Urbanism Report, a media company that advances free-market city policy. He is also an urban affairs journalist who writes regular columns for Forbes, Governing Magazine,, and Catalyst. Follow him on Twitter: @marketurbanist.
Full Biography and Publications
Does Tourism Really Hurt Third World Cities?
Western criticism of tourism in poor nations ignores the economic stimulus the industry provides.
Scott Beyer | November 13, 2023
How Are Roads Used In a Free Market?
The Third World, such as Gurgaon, India, shows how streets function without any government in place to enforce traffic laws.
Scott Beyer | November 6, 2023
India’s Urban “Honking Culture”
Drivers in India, like much of the Third World, use horns to navigate hazardous, crowded roads. Should anything be done about it?
Scott Beyer | October 30, 2023
Yes, Cities Can Still Achieve Public Order
The Arabian Gulf shows how a mix of religious and government authoritarianism leads to safer cities. But do they go overboard?
Scott Beyer | October 23, 2023
The Modernization of Arabia
The wealthy, oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council pursue economic openness and extreme growth to diversify beyond energy.
Scott Beyer | October 16, 2023
Airline Deregulation Also Succeeds In The Third World
Asia and Latin America prove once again that market liberalization cuts prices and adds options.
Scott Beyer | October 9, 2023
Is Dubai a YIMBY Success Story?
The wealthy emirate builds a lot, but is not a free housing market - and falls short of what it needs.
Scott Beyer | October 2, 2023
United Arab Emirates: A Pro-Immigrant Powerhouse
The UAE is “a nation of immigrants," and has become one of the world’s top economies
Scott Beyer | September 25, 2023
Tribalism And Urban Development: A Rough Mix
Lack of formal land ownership and tribal tradition pose challenges for property rights and development in the Third World
Scott Beyer | September 18, 2023
The Difference Between First and Third World Urbanism
Third World cities are less planned, more chaotic. But that’s not inherently bad.
Scott Beyer | September 11, 2023
The Rise of African Telecom
Rapid expansion of fiber, satellite, and mobile technology are improving day-to-day life in Africa - much of it thanks to private investment.
Scott Beyer | September 4, 2023
The Ingenuity of Third World Ridesharing
While commercial carpooling drags along in the U.S., there's much competition and innovation in the developing world.
Scott Beyer | August 28, 2023