27th Nov 2017, Working Paper
This paper models a growing city, and focuses on investment decisions and consequent patterns of land use and urban density.
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)
6th Jun 2016, Working Paper
This paper investigates the effects of the construction of the national highway system in China on local economic outcomes.
12th Apr 2016, Working Paper
Authors: Marco Gonzalez-Navarro, Matthew A. Turner
This paper investigates the relationship between the extent of a city’s subway network, its population and its spatial configuration.
12th Nov 2015, Published Paper
This paper examines political favoritism of cites in national capital markets and the effect of that favoritism on city sizes.
Journal of Urban Economics, 2017, 98, 69-87
18th Oct 2015, Working Paper
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.
13th Apr 2015, Working Paper
Author: Jonathan Colmer
This paper examines how spatial distribution of economic activity evolve as countries grow and develop, and what role urbanisation plays in this process.