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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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Urbanisation in Post-Apartheid South Africa

5th Apr 2016, Working Paper

Authors: Jan David Bakker, Christopher Parsons, Ferdinand Rauch

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.

Pollution, Crime, and Mistrust Across Space: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

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.

Enabled to Work: The impact of government housing on slum dwellers in South Africa

29th Mar 2016, Submitted Paper

Author: Simon Franklin

This paper looks at the link between housing conditions and household income and labour market participation in South Africa. It uses four waves of panel data from 2002-2009 on households that were originally living in informal dwellings and shows that households that received free government housing later experienced large increases in their incomes.

Transport in a Congested City: A computable equilibrium model applied to Kampala City

29th Mar 2016, Working Paper

Authors: Tony Venables, Julia Bird, Louise Bernard

This paper develops and applies a quantitative model of internal city structure to analyse the impacts of transport improvement in Kampala, Uganda. Using a Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Model we develop a simulated version of a city in which firms and households choose their location decisions according to the cost of commuting and transporting goods across the urban space.

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.

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