World Bank Research Digest


Volume 13, No. 3, Spring 2019

This issue of the Research Digest focuses on Urbanization and Infrastructure Development.

List of articles in this issue:

  1. Building Sustainable Cities and Efficient Infrastructure
  2. Who Benefits from Investments in Bus Rapid Transit Systems? Evidence from ColombiaKnowing how new urban transport affects household welfare is key to designing policies to ensure that its benefits reach the poorest
    Tobias Pfutze, Carlos Rodríguez-Castelán, and Daniel Valderrama-González.
  3. Beyond Faster Travel: Assessing the Wider Economic Benefits of Transport Corridors. Better highways bring economic benefits beyond those from faster travel. But the gains can depend on local conditions
    Martin Melecky, Siddharth Sharma, and Hari Subhash
  4. A Big Push or a Backwash? Economic Effects of Connecting a HinterlandThe Jamuna bridge in Bangladesh connected a poor hinterland to growth centers. How did the new links affect the local economy?
    Brian Blankespoor, M. Shahe Emran, Forhad Shilpi, and Lu Xu
  5. Highway Politics in MexicoWhere federal highway spending is directed in Mexico can depend on electoral outcomes—and more so under divided government.
    Harris Selod and Souleymane Soumahoro
  6. How Does the Shape of Latin American Cities Affect Their Productivity? A city’s spatial structure matters for its productivity—suggesting that city planning and land policies can serve as tools to help foster growth.
    Juan C. Duque, Nancy Lozano-Gracia, Jorge E. Patino, and Paula Restrepo
  7. Getting to Jobs in NairobiTraveling to a job can be costly and time-consuming in Nairobi. This is especially so for poorer residents, limiting their job opportunities.
    Shohei Nakamura and Paolo Avner
  8. Public Infrastructure and Structural TransformationA recent study shows that public infrastructure is an important driver of the structural transformation of developing economies.
    Fidel Perez Sebastian and Jevgenijs Steinbuks
  9. Buses, Houses, or Cash? Choices and Consequences in Reforming Public Transport Subsidies. Buses, Houses, or Cash? Choices and Consequences in Reforming Public Transport Subsidies.
    Paolo Avner, Shomik Raj Mehndiratta, Vincent Viguié, and Stephane Hallegatte
  10. Improving the Resilience of Peru’s Road Network to Climate EventsA new model helps identify where investments can have the greatest impact in keeping traffic flowing during flood disruptions.
    Julie Rozenberg, Cecilia Briceno-Garmendia, Xijie Lu, Laura Bonzanigo, and Harry Moroz
  11. The Vulnerability of Manufacturing Firms to Unreliable Water InfrastructureFirms in poorer economies suffer more from the effects of drought on water supplies, and the problems may worsen with climate change.
    Asif Islam and Marie Hyland
  12. Recent Policy Research Working Papers on Urbanization and Infrastructure Development.


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