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Urbanization and Spatial Development of Countries
July 13, 2015World Bank Headquarters, room I 2-250

This workshop highlighted findings from recent research on urbanization and economic geography. The workshop featured work done under the World Bank's Global Spatial Development of Cities Research Program and brought together researchers from leading academic institutions, including Brown University, University of Oxford, London School of Economics, and University of Toronto, with an aim to distill insights for public policy.

View the full agenda and recordings of individual sessions.

View the full agenda and recordings of individual sessions.

8:30 – 10:15am

 

INAUGURAL SESSION

Opening Remarks

MARISELA MONTOLIU MUÑOZ, Director, GSURR, World Bank

STEVAN LEE, Team Leader, Growth Research, UK DFID

Keynote Presentation “The Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity” (download presentation)

DAVID WEIL, James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, Brown University

10:30am – 12:30pm

 

CONNECTIVITY AND TRANSPORT

CHAIR

ABHAS KUMAR JHA, Practice Manager, GPSURR, World Bank

China's Expressway and Growth (download presentation)

NATHANIEL BAUM-SNOW, Department of Economics, Brown University

Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth (download presentation)

MARCO GONZALEZ-NAVARRO, Department of Economics, University of Toronto

The Effect of Transport Improvement: The Kampala Ring Road (download presentation)

FERDINAND RAUCH, University of Oxford

DISCUSSANT

ARTURO ARDILLA GOMEZ, Lead Transport Economist, World Bank

1:30 – 2:30pm

 

WORLD BANK GROUP PROGRAM

Opening Remarks

EDE IJJASZ-VASQUEZ, Senior Director, GSURR, World Bank

World Bank’s Global Spatial Development of Cities Research Program: Overview

SOMIK V. LALL, Lead Economist, GSURR

10-minute presentations by team members

JUDY BAKER, Lead Economist, GSURR (download presentation)

PAULA RESTREPO CADAVID, Urban Economist, GSURR (download presentation)

YUE LI, Economist, SARCE (download presentation)

NANCY LOZANO-GRACIA, Senior Urban Economist, GSURR (download presentation)

 

2:45 – 4:15pm

 

RESILIENT CITIES

CHAIR

SAMEH WAHBA, Practice Manager, GPSURR, World Bank

Urban Growth in Africa: Natural Resource Shocks

J.V. HERNDERSON, School Professor of Economic Geography, LSE

Flooded Cities (download presentation)

GUY MICHAELS, Associate Professor, LSE

Cities and Climate Change in India (download presentation)

JONATHAN COLMER, Centre for Economic Performance and the Grantham Research Institute, LSE

 

4:15 – 5:30pm

 

ECONOMIC POLICY AND URBANIZATION

Round Table Discussion

CHAIR

MARISELA MONTOLIU MUÑOZ, Director, GSURR, World Bank

J.V. HERNDERSON, School Professor of Economic Geography, LSE

SHANTAYANAN DEVARAJAN, Chief Economist, Middle East and North Africa, World Bank

MARIANNE FAY, Chief Economist, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank

DANIEL LEDERMAN, Lead Economist, Latin American and Caribbean, World Bank

SUDHIR SHETTY, Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific, World Bank

 

  • The Global Spatial Distribution of Population and Economic Activity: Effects from Nature, History, and Agglomeration
    Download (PDF, 1.7 MB)
  • Transport Infrastructure, Urban Growth and Market Accessin China
    Download (PDF, 0.7 MB)
  • Subways and urban growth: Evidence from Earth
    Download (PDF, 5.4 MB)
  • The Eff ects of Traffic on Firm Location: Evidence from the Kampala Bypass
    Download (PDF, 1.4 MB)
  • East Asia's Changing Urban Landscape: A Decade of Spatial Growth
    Download (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  • Managing Decline: Shrinking Cities in ECA
    Download (PDF, 1.9 MB)
  • Households or Locations? Cities, Catchment Areas and Prosperity in India
    Download (PDF, 1.6 MB)
  • Household and Spatial Drivers of Migration Patterns in Africa: Evidence from Five Countries
    Download (PDF, 0.8 MB)
  • Sharing the Wealth Across the Urban Hierarchy in Sub-Saharan African Countries: Resource Rents and Politics
    Download (PDF, 0.9 MB)
  • Flooded Cities
    Download (PDF, 1.2 MB)
  • The Productivity Effects of Labour Reallocation: Evidence from India
    Download (PDF, 1 MB)