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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 Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History, and the Role of Trade

14th Mar 2017, Submitted Paper

Authors: Vernon Henderson, Tim Squires, Adam Storeygard, David Weil

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)

Resetting the Urban Network: 117-2012

5th Aug 2016, Submitted Paper

Authors: Guy Michaels, Ferdinand Rauch

This paper examines the effects on town locations of the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, which temporarily ended urbanization in Britain, but not in France.

Economic Journal, forthcoming

Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth

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.

Economic Shocks and Labour Market Flexibility

9th Mar 2015, Submitted Paper

Author: Simon Franklin

The paper explores how labor markets adjust to large but temporary economic shocks in a context where those shocks are common. We leverage geo-referenced data on the path of typhoons in the Philippines to estimate the impacts of typhoons occurrence on employment and wage income.

Journal of Human Resources R&R. 

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