2nd Jan 2017, Published 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, 2017, 124, 60-82
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
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
20th Jul 2016, Working Paper
Authors: Remi Jedwab, Adam Storeygard
This study looks how the effects of transportation investments vary as a function of the characteristics of the places they connect.
20th May 2016, Published Paper
This paper models the dynamics of urban land use with both formal and slum dwellings and ongoing urban redevelopment to higher building heights in the formal sector as a city grows.
Science 20 May 2016:
Vol. 352, Issue 6288, pp. 946-947
23rd Apr 2016, Published Paper
Author: Adam Storeygard
This article investigates the role of intercity transport costs in determining the income of sub-Saharan African cities.
5th Apr 2016, Working Paper
This paper examines the effect of migration of black South Africans after apartheid on urbanisation and the distribution of population. In particular, it tests if the inflow of migrants led to displacement, path dependence, or agglomeration in the destination area.
30th Mar 2016, Working Paper
Author: Martina Kirchberger
Striking differences in living standards between urban and rural areas in low income countries pose a puzzle for growth economists. Using a conventional spatial equilibrium model, this paper asks whether the spatial distribution of key disamenities can explain the observed differences in living standards in Sub-Saharan Africa.