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Title Urbanization and growth / edited by Michael Spence, Patricia Clarke Annez, and Robert M. Buckley ; contributions by Michael Spence [and others]
Published Washington, DC : Commission on Growth and Development : World Bank, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xxx, 255 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series World Bank e-Library.
Contents Urbanization and growth : setting the context / Patricia Clarke Annez and Robert M. Buckley -- Rethinking economic growth in a globalizing world : an economic geography lens / Anthony J. Venables -- Are cities engines of growth and prosperity for developing countries? / Gilles Duranton -- Urbanization, agglomeration, and economic development / John M. Quigley -- Spatial inequality and economic development : theories, facts, and policies / Sukkoo Kim -- Housing policy in developing countries : the importance of the informal economy / Richard Arnott -- The U.S. subprime mortgage crisis : issues raised and lessons learned / Dwight M. Jaffee
Summary Why is productivity higher in cities? Does urbanization cause growth or does growth cause urbanization? Do countries achieve rapid growth or high incomes without urbanization? How can policy makers reap the benefits of urbanization without paying too high a cost? Does supporting urbanization imply neglecting rural areas? Why do so few governments welcome urbanization? What should governments do to improve housing conditions in cities as they urbanize? Are innovations in housing finance a blessing or a curse for developing countries? How will governments finance the trillions of dollars of infrastructure spending needed for cities in developing countries? First in a series of thematic volumes, this book was prepared for the Commission on Growth and Development to evaluate the state of knowledge of the relationship between urbanization and economic growth. It does not pretend to provide all the answers, but it does identify insights and policy levers to help countries make urbanization work as part of a national growth strategy. Written by prominent academics in their fields, Urbanization and Growth seeks to create a better understanding of the role of urbanization in growth and to inform policy makers tackling the formidable challenges it poses
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Cities and towns -- Growth.
Urban economics.
Urbanization -- Economic aspects.
Form Electronic book
Author Annez, Patricia Clarke.
Buckley, Robert M.
Spence, Michael, 1943-
LC no. 2008044060
ISBN 0821375741 (electronic bk.)
9780821375747 (electronic bk.)