Sebastian Kriticos

Sebastian Kriticos is a Cities Economist for the International Growth Centre, based at the London School of Economics. He works on the IGC’s Cities that Work initiative, developing the IGC’s network of economists, practitioners, and policymakers to translate economic research into clear urban policy guidance.

Sebastian holds an M.A. in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a bachelor’s in Economics from Durham University. Before joining at the London School of Economics, Sebastian has worked on issues pertaining to agricultural value chain enhancement and microfinance for the United Nations Development Program in Peru, and in the digital infrastructure sector with Ernst and Young LLP in London. His research interests span many themes in urban economics, including structural transformation and employment in African cities, land and property rights, and municipal financing.

Content by Sebastian Kriticos
  • Blog post

    Keep it clean: Can blockchain change the nature of land registry in developing countries?

    The global economy is constantly exposed to disruptive technologies. Take the example of telecommunications: it was not long ago that everything revolved around landlines. Households would go to huge lengths to ensure they were well-serviced with fixed-line infrastructure, while those left out endured long travel times for everyday activities like managing a business or...

    5 Aug 2019 | Sebastian Kriticos

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Enhancing property tax compliance in Mandalay

    This brief discusses several policy options that could improve tax compliance and tax administration in Mandalay – helping the city to escape its low-tax and underfunded services trap. Increasing the perceived benefits of paying tax – by communicating the link between tax and infrastructure – would likely encourage compliance, so long as the government can...

    29 Mar 2019 | Michael Blake, Sebastian Kriticos

  • Blog post

    Data for decision-making: How spatial data is shaping the African urbanisation story

    Ahead of the 17th Urban Age Conference and the first to be held in Africa, Sebastian Kriticos and Astrid Haas discuss the need for better data to tackle some of Africa’s biggest urbanisation challenges. On a daily basis, city policymakers need to take decisions: where and how to deliver services, what rates to apply to taxes and where to make investments, amongst others....

    26 Nov 2018 | Astrid Haas, Sebastian Kriticos

  • Blog post

    Making room for Africa’s urban billion

    By 2050, more than a billion people will be living in African cities and towns. As more and more of the continent’s population – 60% of whom live in the countryside – move to urban areas, pressures on land can only intensify. How should we make room for this massive urban expansion? How will city structures have to change to accommodate Africa’s urban billion? And...

    22 Nov 2018 | Sebastian Kriticos