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Trade and cities (English)

Many developing countries display remarkably high degrees of urban concentration that are incommensurate with their levels of urbanization. The cost of excessively high levels of urban concentration can be very high in terms of overpopulation, congestion, and productivity growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6913 JUN 01, 2014

Karayalcin, Cem; Yilmazkuday, Hakan

Transforming cities with transit : transit and land-use integration for sustainable urban development (Chinese)

This study explores the complex process of transit and land-use integration in rapidly growing cities in developing countries. It first identifies barriers to and opportunities for effective coordination of transit infrastructure and urban development. ... See More +

Publication 74630 MAY 02, 2014

Suzuki, Hiroaki; Cervero, Robert; Iuchi, Kanako English, Spanish, French

Urbanization as opportunity (English)

Urbanization deserves urgent attention from policy makers, academics, entrepreneurs, and social reformers of all stripes. Nothing else will create as many opportunities for social and economic progress. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6874 MAY 01, 2014

Fuller, Brandon; Romer, Paul

Urbanization and the geography of development (English)

This paper focuses on three interrelated questions on urbanization and the geography of development. First, although we herald cities with their industrial bases as "engines of growth," does industrialization in fact drive urbanization? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6877 MAY 01, 2014

The great migration : urban aspirations (English)

The great 21st-century migration into cities will present both a great challenge for humanity and a significant opportunity for global economic growth. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6879 MAY 01, 2014

Keith, Michael

Converting land into affordable housing floor space (English)

Cities emerge from the spatial concentration of people and economic activities. But spatial concentration is not enough; the economic viability of cities depends on people, ideas, and goods to move rapidly across the urban area. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6870 MAY 01, 2014

Bertaud, Alain

Overview -- the urban imperative : toward shared prosperity (English)

Urbanization is undoubtedly a key driver of development -- cities provide the national platform for prosperity, job creation, and poverty reduction. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6875 MAY 01, 2014

Glaeser, Edward; Joshi-Ghani, Abha

Growing through cities in developing countries (English)

This paper examines the effects of urbanization on development and growth. It begins with a labor market perspective and emphasizes the importance of agglomeration economies, both static and dynamic. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6818 MAR 01, 2014

Duranton, Gilles

China - Chongqing Small Towns Water Environment Management Project : resettlement plan (Vol. 2 of 6) : Resettlement action plan of the Penshui sub-project (English)

The development objective of the Chongqing Small Towns Water Environment Management Project for China is to reduce flood risks and improve wastewater services in selected counties of the Chongqing municipality. ... See More +

Resettlement Plan RP1626 MAR 01, 2014

Multi-donor trust fund for sustainable logistics (MDTF-SL) : position note urban logistics and port-cities (English)

This note explores issues within the urban logistics and port-cities thematic pillar. It is one of three focus areas, or thematic pillars, for the multi-donor trust fund for sustainable logistics (MDTF-SL). ... See More +

Working Paper 85872 JAN 01, 2014

Blanco, Edgar E.

The systems of secondary cities : the neglected drivers of urbanising economies (English)

Many parts of the global and national systems of cities are not benefiting significantly from the ‘new age’ and economic geography of cities. Most of these are the secondary and small cities of less than a million people. ... See More +

Brief 89861 JAN 01, 2014

Roberts, Brian ; Peter Hohmann, Rene

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 great migration : urban aspirations (English)

The great 21st-century migration into cities will present both a great challenge for humanity and a significant opportunity for global economic growth. ... See More +

Working Paper 84230 NOV 01, 2013

Keith, Michael

Urbanization as opportunity (English)

Urbanization deserves urgent attention from policy makers, academics, entrepreneurs, and social reformers of all stripes. Nothing else will create as many opportunities for social and economic progress. ... See More +

Working Paper 84257 NOV 01, 2013

Fuller, Brandon; Romer, Paul

Converting land into affordable housing floor space (English)

Cities emerge from the spatial concentration of people and economic activities. But spatial concentration is not enough; the economic viability of cities depends on people, ideas, and goods to move rapidly across the urban area. ... See More +

Working Paper 84252 NOV 01, 2013

Bertaud, Alain

Urbanization and (in) formalization (English)

Inexorable urbanization and formalization have been the expectations in development discourse. Indeed, measures of urbanization and formalization have been provided and used as indicators of development. ... See More +

Working Paper 84258 NOV 01, 2013

Ghani, Ejaz; Kanbur, Ravi

Urbanization and the geography of development (English)

This paper focuses on several interrelated key questions on the geography of development. Although we herald cities with their industrial bases as 'engines of growth,' does industrialization in fact drive urbanization? ... See More +

Working Paper 84232 NOV 01, 2013

Henderson, J. Vernon

Vietnam - Result-based Northern Mountains Urban Program Project (English)

Project Information Document 80778 JUL 31, 2013

South Asia urban newsletter (English)

The South Asia urban newsletter includes the following headings: highlights from South Asia regional workshop: promoting access to affordable land and housing; main challenges and take away from the workshop; upgrading housing in informal settlements; and country feature-India. ... See More +

Newsletter 79554 JUL 01, 2013

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Trade and cities (English)
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JUN 01, 2014 WPS6913 Policy Research Working Paper
Transforming cities with transit : transit and land-use integration for sustainable urban development (Chinese)
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MAY 02, 2014 74630 Publication English, Spanish, French
Urbanization as opportunity (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6874 Policy Research Working Paper
Urbanization and the geography of development (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6877 Policy Research Working Paper
The great migration : urban aspirations (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6879 Policy Research Working Paper
Converting land into affordable housing floor space (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6870 Policy Research Working Paper
Overview -- the urban imperative : toward shared prosperity (English)
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MAY 01, 2014 WPS6875 Policy Research Working Paper
Growing through cities in developing countries (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 WPS6818 Policy Research Working Paper
China - Chongqing Small Towns Water Environment Management Project : resettlement plan (Vol. 2 of 6) : Resettlement action plan of the Penshui sub-project (English)
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MAR 01, 2014 RP1626 Resettlement Plan
Multi-donor trust fund for sustainable logistics (MDTF-SL) : position note urban logistics and port-cities (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 85872 Working Paper
The systems of secondary cities : the neglected drivers of urbanising economies (English)
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JAN 01, 2014 89861 Brief
A systemic analysis of land markets and land institutions in West African cities : rules and practices - the case of Bamako, Mali (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 WPS6687 Policy Research Working Paper
The great migration : urban aspirations (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 84230 Working Paper
Urbanization as opportunity (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 84257 Working Paper
Converting land into affordable housing floor space (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 84252 Working Paper
Urbanization and (in) formalization (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 84258 Working Paper
Urbanization and the geography of development (English)
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NOV 01, 2013 84232 Working Paper
Vietnam - Result-based Northern Mountains Urban Program Project (English)
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JUL 31, 2013 80778 Project Information Document
Honduras - Additional Financing for the Social Protection Project : indigenous peoples plan : Honduras - Protocolo de Ingreso y Atencion a las Comunidades : indigenas peoples plan (Spanish)
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JUL 10, 2013 IPP643 Indigenous Peoples Plan
South Asia urban newsletter (English)
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JUL 01, 2013 79554 Newsletter