Professor Albert Saiz answers the question: What would happen to Boston if all of the students suddenly left?
Boston has a lot of schools. A lot of schools. So many that it’s almost impossible to imagine Boston without its massive one-in-10 student population. One little city holding a huge population can lead to a whole host of issues, especially when a sizable segment of that population is 18- to 22-year-old newcomers and transplants: Certain areas are overtaken by dorm construction. There’s never enough space on the subway. Some bars become… a little more annoying.