14th Mar 2017, Submitted Paper
This paper studies the distribution of economic activity, as proxied by lights at night, across 250,000 grid cells of average area 560 square kilometers.
Quarterly Journal of Economics (forthcoming)
7th Mar 2017, Working Paper
This paper models a growing city, and focuses on investment decisions and consequent patterns of land use and urban density.
14th Dec 2016, Submitted Paper
Author: Tony Venables
Many cities in developing economies, particularly in Africa, are experiencing ‘urbanisation without industrialisation’. This paper conceptualises this in a framework in which a city can produce non-tradable goods and – if it is sufficiently competitive – also internationally tradable goods, potentially subject to increasing returns to scale.
Urban Economics R&R
12th Dec 2016, Working Paper
This paper attempts to understand the patterns of urban land development in China from the political economy perspective. Our study is motivated by an interesting pattern observed in the past decade that in the initially more densely populated cities the urban land development was expanded more outwardly with a relatively low use intensity.
4th Nov 2016, Working Paper
We conduct a randomised evaluation of two programmes designed to lower spatial and informational barriers to job search among 4,000 young Ethiopians.
3rd Oct 2016, Published Paper
The paper discusses the importance of infrastructure investment in growing cities, arguing that, in addition to its direct benefits, infrastructure plays crucial roles in enabling density and coordinating private investment decisions. Many cities have failed to invest in sufficient infrastructure due to inadequate financing tools (in particular failure to capture benefits through land value taxation) and fragmented urban authority.
Oxford Review of Economic Policy 32(3):391-409
29th Aug 2016, Submitted Paper
This paper documents strong but differentiated links between climate and urbanization in large panels of districts and cities in Sub-Saharan Africa, which has dried substantially in the past fifty years.
Journal of Development Economics, forthcoming
20th Jul 2016, Working Paper
This study looks how the effects of transportation investments vary as a function of the characteristics of the places they connect.