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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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Building Functional Cities

20th May 2016, Published Paper

Authors: Vernon Henderson, Tony Venables, Tanner Regan, Ilia Samsonov

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 

Roads, Railways and Decentralization of Chinese Cities

2nd May 2016, Published Paper

Authors: Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Loren Brandt, Vernon Henderson, Matthew A. Turner, Qinghua Zhang

This paper investigates how the extent and configuration of Chinese road and railroad networks has shaped the spatial transformation and degree of compactness of Chinese urban regions in the last 20 years, a period in which center cities were experiencing strong population inflows but relative losses of industry to the urban periphery.

The Review of Economics and Statistics 2017, 99, 3,  435–4483

Farther on down the Road: Transport Costs, Trade and Urban Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

23rd Apr 2016, Published Paper

Author: Adam Storeygard

This article investigates the role of intercity transport costs in determining the income of sub-Saharan African cities.

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.

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.

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