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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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Political favoritism in China’s capital markets and its effect on city sizes

12th Nov 2015, Published Paper

Authors: Wei Cai, Vernon Henderson, Ying Chen

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

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.

Urbanisation, Growth, and Development: Evidence from India

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.

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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