Showing all Projects in Cities

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    Spatial equilibrium effects of positive wealth shocks

    From the perspective of urban economics, a core constraint facing rural populations is likely their inability to concentrate purchasing power geographically. This is driven by the fact that (i) most primary export products (agricultural goods) require a lot of land, relative to labour for production, and (2) are exports are typically low-margin commodities.  We propose to...

    25 Feb 2016 | Edward Miguel, Paul Niehaus, Johannes Haushofer, Michael Walker

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    Subways and urban air pollution

    Urbanisation will be an important part of the development process for most low income countries, and demands for urban infrastructure construction will outpace the ability of policy makers to provide it. Given this, it is critical to develop an empirical basis for prioritising construction projects. What should policymakers do first? Build highways, subways, water treatment...

    25 Feb 2016 | Matthew Turner, Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

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    The changing nature of low income settlements in the larger Karachi context

    The Humanities and Social Sciences conference, “Urbanism, Exclusion and Change in South Asia”, which will be held at LUMS between March 4-6, 2016, aims to explore more closely the lived experience of urbanism in South Asia and its diaspora. This conference approaches the city as a site of multiple contestations and contradictions and aims to highlight struggles over...

    9 Feb 2016 | Arif Hasan

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    Guardians of accountability: A field experiment on corruption and inefficiency in local public works

    Corruption affects the building of public infrastructure across Peru’s districts. According to news sources, funds that were earmarked for a bridge connecting Quiñota and Colquemarca were misallocated. In the municipality of Zaña, which is located in the northern highlands, the materials to build a sanitation plant were purchased at inflated prices. In Chucuito, a...

    9 Feb 2016 | Paul F. Lagunes

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    Priorities for Hlegu Township

    Hlegu Township in Myanmar sits 45 km northeast of Yangon. It is a rural township within Yangon Region. Despite its proximity to the city of Yangon it has yet to benefit significantly or directly from increasing urbanization in the country’s capital. It boarders Yangon city and the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), though it is administered separately with its own...

    2 Feb 2016 | Aaron Weisbrod, Lauren Dunn

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    Moving around: Resettlement and employment trajectories for low-income households in Chennai

    “Slum rehabilitation” takes many forms around the world, from in-situ investments in infrastructure to relocation to purpose-built low-income housing areas. Relocation is one of the more common strategies in areas with high-priced real estate in central urban areas, but it can take a profound toll on the economic and social lives of families who are “resettled.” It...

    2 Feb 2016 | Jessica Seddon, Charis Charis Idicheria, Anjali Neelakantan

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    Yangon Urban Growth Analytics

    A comparative information base for strategic spatial  development in Yangon, Myanmar. Recognising the importance of a solid information base for policy action, this research will primarily focus on collecting and comparing quantitative and spatial city data. Most data will be gathered and analysed through a mixed method approach developed by LSE Cities and its partners...

    2 Feb 2016 |

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    Travel mode choice preferences of urban commuters in Dhaka: A pilot study

    Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, has developed mostly organically and an appropriate planning of the city with long foresight is yet to be implemented. It has resulted in a transportation infrastructure which is wasteful and inconvenient to its citizen. Mass transit system, while it exists, is largely inadequate to provide a reasonable means of travel for its citizens and...

    8 Jan 2016 | Atonu Rabbani, Minhaj Mahmud

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    Local revenue reform in Kampala

    Investment in infrastructure to steer city development onto the right path is crucial to build a productive city. However, it is also very costly and difficult to finance. Local authorities’ performance in revenue collection is therefore a major determinant of successful urbanisation. With this context, this project seeks to inform reforms of local revenue collection by...

    17 Dec 2015 | Mihaly Kopanyi

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    Roads to trade: The welfare effects of connecting mines versus cities

    Should African countries build more transport infrastructure to export natural resources to overseas markets, or should they focus on improving internal and regional connectivity between cities? This is an important question, with no easy answer. On the one hand, Africa has a comparative advantage in primary commodities, and the first strategy may best serve her trade....

    16 Dec 2015 | Steven Poelhekke, Roberto Bonfatti