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Urbanization and economic growth: the arguments and evidence for Africa and Asia

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dc.date.accessioned 2014-01-27 en
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-19T19:35:12Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-19T19:35:12Z
dc.date.issued 2015-08-25 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/2696
dc.description.abstract The relationship between urbanization and development is a vital policy concern, especially in Africa and Asia. This paper reviews the arguments and evidence for whether rapid urban population growth can help to raise living standards. The main finding is that the development effects of urbanization and the magnitude of agglomeration economies are very variable. There is no simple linear relationship between urbanization and economic growth, or between city size and productivity. The potential of urbanization to promote growth is likely to depend on how conducive the infrastructure and institutional settings are. Removing barriers to rural-urban mobility may enable economic growth, but the benefits will be much larger with supportive policies, markets and infrastructure investments. Cities should use realistic population projections as the basis for investing in public infrastructure and implementing supportive land policies. Governments should seek out ways of enabling forms of urbanization that contribute to growth, poverty reduction and environmental sustainability, rather than encouraging (or discouraging) urbanization per se. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.subject CITIES en
dc.subject AFRICA en
dc.title Urbanization and economic growth: the arguments and evidence for Africa and Asia en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 25(2) en
dc.BudgetYear 2013/14 en
dc.ResearchGroup Economic Perfomance and Development en
dc.SourceTitle Environment & Urbanization en
dc.ArchiveNumber 8021 en
dc.PageNumber 465-482 en
dc.outputnumber 6665 en
dc.bibliographictitle Turok, I. & McGranahan, G. (2013) Urbanization and economic growth: the arguments and evidence for Africa and Asia. <i>Environment & Urbanization</i>. 25(2):465-482. en
dc.publicationyear 2013 en
dc.contributor.author1 Turok, I. en
dc.contributor.author2 McGranahan, G. en

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