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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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To Build Outward or Upward: The Spatial Pattern of Urban Land Development in China

12th Dec 2016, Working Paper

Authors: Zhi Wang, Qinghua Zhang, Li-An Zhou

This paper attempts to understand the patterns of urban land development in China from the political economy perspective. Our study is motivated by an interesting pattern observed in the past decade that in the initially more densely populated cities the urban land development was expanded more outwardly with a relatively low use intensity.

The Urban Wage Premium in Africa

14th Nov 2016, Working Paper

Authors: Patricia Jones, Olivia D’Aoust, Louise Bernard

This paper examines the size and sources of the urban wage premium in three African countries—Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda— using panel data on workers for the period 2009 to 2013. 

Anonymity or Distance? Experimental evidence on the obstacles that young people face in the labour market

4th Nov 2016, Working Paper

Authors: Girum Abebe, Stefano Caria, Marcel Fafchamps, Paolo Falco, Simon Franklin, Simon Quinn

We conduct a randomised evaluation of two programmes designed to lower spatial and informational barriers to job search among 4,000 young Ethiopians.

Urban infrastructure for development

3rd Oct 2016, Published Paper

Authors: Paul Collier, Tony Venables

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

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