12th Nov 2015, Published Paper
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
18th Oct 2015, Working Paper
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.
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.
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.