Tony Venables

Tony Venables is an IGC Steering Group Member.

Tony Venables CBE is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford where he also directs the Centre for the Analysis of Resource Rich Economies. He is also a member of the IGC’s Steering Group. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Econometric Society. Former positions include Chief Economist at the UK Department for International Development, professor at the London School of Economics, research manager of the trade research group in the World Bank, and advisor to the UK Treasury. He has published extensively in the areas of international trade and spatial economics, including work on trade and imperfect competition, economic integration, multinational firms, and economic geography. Publications include The spatial economy; cities, regions and international trade, with M. Fujita and P. Krugman (MIT press, 1999), and Multinationals in the World Economy with G. Barba Navaretti (Princeton 2004).  

Content by Tony Venables
  • Project

    Transport in a congested city: A computable general equilibrium model applied to Kampala City

    This research develops and applies a quantitative model of internal city structure to analyse the impacts of transport improvement in Kampala, Uganda. Using a Spatial Computable General Equilibrium Model, the researchers develop a simulated version of a city in which firms and households choose their location decisions according to the cost of commuting and transporting...

    9 Oct 2017 | Louise Bernard, Julia Bird, Tony Venables

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Secure, legally enforceable and marketable land rights for urban development

    This Cities that Work paper first outlines why secure, legally enforceable and marketable land rights play such a pivotal role in urban development. Section 2 discusses the trade-offs associated with different tenure systems, both formal and informal. Whilst there can be strong benefits in formalising land rights, processes of formalisation need to be underpinned by...

    31 Aug 2017 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Synthesis paper

    Land and property taxes for municipal finance

    This Cities that Work paper explores why land and physical properties represent the largest source of untapped municipal revenue. Alongside their potential to raise significant public revenues, land and property taxes are also fairer and more efficient than other forms of tax. They have limited effects on urban investment, and allow governments to capture increases in land...

    31 Aug 2017 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Michael Blake, Priya Manwaring

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    Land and property taxes: Exploiting untapped municipal revenues

    Part of our Cities that Work publications, this brief outlines the importance of annual land and property tax as a source of municipal finance and explores trade-offs that policymakers face in implementing reform. It also identifies examples of best practice for reform from cities across the developing world.

    31 Aug 2017 | Paul Collier, Edward Glaeser, Tony Venables, Priya Manwaring, Michael Blake

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    Ed Glaeser public lecture: Making cities work in the developing world

    Ed Glaeser, research director of IGC’s cities programme, gives a public lecture about the importance of cities for development and the need for policy to tackle the downsides of density. He also introduces IGC's new research and policy initiative Cities that Work.

    12 Jun 2017

  • Blog post

    Post-Brexit trade and development policy

    Regardless of what one may think of the decision, the British people have voted to leave the EU – a result that throws up historic challenges as well as historic opportunities. This blog introduces the IGC's latest Policy Brief on Post-Brexit Trade & Development Policy, and why Brexit should be viewed as an important opportunity for fresh thinking. The decision to...

    3 Apr 2017 | Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier, Tony Venables

  • Publication - Policy note

    Post-Brexit trade and development policy

    In a short thought-piece, the authors suggest that the time is ripe for the UK government to embrace a new trade and development agenda that demonstrates that post-Brexit Britain is a confident, outward-looking country ready to play a key role on the world stage. Their proposal walks on two legs: New, pro-development trade and investment policies focused initially on...

    29 Mar 2017 | Richard Baldwin, Paul Collier, Tony Venables

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    Paul Collier & Tony Venables: Why cities matter

    Paul Collier and Tony Venables explain how cities unlock the 'miracle of productivity', why they are key to economic growth in developing countries, and discuss the IGC's new Cities that Work initiative.

    14 Mar 2017

  • Publications Reader Item

    Making cities work for development

    23 Sep 2016

  • Blog post

    Making cities work for development: Perspectives from South Asia

    Cities can be productive and liveable places but poor public services, weak infrastructure, and institutional and legal obstacles to private investment have in many cases undermined prosperity. More than half the world's population live in towns and cities. The urban population of South Asia grew by an estimated 130 million from 2000 to 2011, and is projected to grow by...

    14 Dec 2015 | Tony Venables

  • Publication - Growth Brief

    Growth brief: Making cities work for development

    Cities can be productive and liveable places but poor public services, weak infrastructure, and institutional and legal obstacles to private investment have in many cases undermined their performance. In this brief we analyse the potential of cities in the developing world and the interventions required to achieve this potential. This brief is particularly useful for...

    5 May 2015 | Tony Venables

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Growth Week 2014: Framework Session - Cities

    6 Oct 2014

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Cities: Places to Live, Places to Work

    10 Sep 2014

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Africa Growth Forum 2013 - Prof Tony Venables

    12 Mar 2014

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Cities - Places to Live, Places to Work

    28 Sep 2012

  • Multimedia Item - Video

    Video: Cities and Economic Development

    23 Sep 2011