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Harris Selod

Senior Economist

HARRIS SELOD is a Senior Economist with the Development Research Group of the World Bank in Washington, DC. His current research focuses on urban development, including issues related to transport and land use, as well as land tenure, land markets and the political economy of the land sector in developing countries, with a specific interest in West Africa. His publications cover a variety of topics in urban and public economics including theories of squatting and residential informality, the political economy of transport infrastructure, the effects of residential segregation on schooling and unemployment, or the impact of land rights formalization and place-based policies. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2007, he was an associate professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics (where he taught microeconomic theory and urban studies) and a researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.

Personal Website: https://www.sites.google.com/site/hselod 

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A systemic analysis of land markets and land institutions in West African cities : rules and practices - the case of Bamako, Mali (English)

This paper presents a new type of land market analysis relevant to cities with plural tenure systems as in West Africa. The methodology hinges on a systemic analysis of land delivery channels, which helps to show how land is initially made available for circulation, how tenure can be formalized incrementally, and the different means whereby households can access land. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6687 NOV 01, 2013

Durand-Lasserve, Alain; Durand-Lasserve, Maylis; Selod, Harris

The land governance assessment framework : identifying and monitoring good practice in the land sector (English)

Seventy-five percent of the world's poor live in rural areas and most are involved in agriculture. In the 21st century, agriculture remains fundamental to economic growth, poverty alleviation, and environmental sustainability. ... See More +

Institutional and Governance Review (IGR) 65743 NOV 28, 2011

Deininger, Klaus; Selod, Harris; Burns, Anthony

What drives the global "land rush" ? (English)

The 2007-2008 upsurge in agricultural commodity prices gave rise to widespread concern about investors causing a "global land rush". Large land deals can provide opportunities for better access to capital, transfer of technology, and advances in productivity and employment generation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5864 OCT 01, 2011

Arezki, Rabah; Deininger, Klaus; Selod, Harris

Rising global interest in farmland : can it yield sustainable and equitable benefits? (English)

Interest in farmland is rising. And, given commodity price volatility, growing human and environmental pressures, and worries about food security, this interest will increase, especially in the developing world. ... See More +

Publication 59463 JAN 10, 2011

Deininger, Klaus; Selod, Harris; Lindsay, Jonathan; Byerlee, Derek; Norton, Andrew; Stickler, Mercedes Russian

Rising global interest in farmland : can it yield sustainable and equitable benefits? (Russian)

Interest in farmland is rising. And, given commodity price volatility, growing human and environmental pressures, and worries about food security, this interest will increase, especially in the developing world. ... See More +

Publication 59463 JAN 01, 2011

Deininger, Klaus; Byerlee, Derek; Lindsay, Jonathan; Norton, Andrew; Selod, Harris; Stickler, Mercedes English

Rural-urban migration in developing countries : a survey of theoretical predictions and empirical findings (English)

The migration of labor from rural to urban areas is an important part of the urbanization process in developing countries. Even though it has been the focus of abundant research over the past five decades, some key policy questions have not found clear answers yet. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3915 MAY 01, 2006

Lall, Somik V.; Selod, Harris; Shalizi, Zmarak