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The Urbanisation in Developing Countries programme produces academic papers, databases, background reports and presentations. With our work we aim to contribute to knowledge creation around the causes and consequences of differing patterns of urban growth.
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The Development of the African System of Cities

15th Nov 2017, Submitted Paper

Authors: Vernon Henderson, Sebastian Kriticos

Annual Review of Economics (Forthcoming)

The Urban Wage Premium in Africa

14th Nov 2016, Working Paper

Authors: Patricia Jones, Olivia D’Aoust, Louise Bernard

This paper examines the size and sources of the urban wage premium in three African countries—Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda— using panel data on workers for the period 2009 to 2013. 

Weather, Labour Reallocation, and Industrial Production: Evidence from India

29th Mar 2016, Working Paper

Author: Jonathan Colmer

To what degree can the movement of workers across sectors mitigate the economic consequences of weather-driven changes in agricultural productivity? Combining worker-level, firm-level and district-level data with high-resolution meteorological data, this paper examines the effects of weather on economic activity in India.

Transforming Dar es Salaam into a City that Works

18th Oct 2015, Working Paper

Authors: Paul Collier, Patricia Jones

Tanzania is urbanizing fast but it is still only about one-third of the way through its urbanisation process. This gives policy makers a window of opportunity to design new policies which avoid the mistakes of the past. From global experience, we know that urbanisation can bring large benefits: by enabling firms to reap the productivity gains of scale and specialization it makes ordinary workers better off. Cities perform this miracle of productivity by providing good connectivity between firms and households. This paper investigates what Dar es Salaam can do to reap the benefits of urbanisation an transform into a well-functioning city.

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