19th Sep 2016, Published Paper
Do fixed geographic features such as coastlines and rivers determine town locations, or can historical events trap towns in unfavourable locations for centuries? We examine the effects ontown locations of the collapse of theWestern Roman Empire, which temporarily ended urbanizationin Britain, but not in France. As urbanization recovered, medieval towns were more oftenfound in Roman-era town locations in France than in Britain. The resetting of Britain’s urban networkgave it better access to natural navigable waterways, which mattered for town growth from1200-1800. We conclude that history trapped many French towns in suboptimal locations.
Economic Journal, 2016
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.
6th Jun 2016, Working Paper
This paper investigates the effects of the construction of the national highway system in China on local economic outcomes.
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