Public Lecture – Cities: Places to live, places to work

A Growth Week 2012 public lecture with Professor Paul Collier (Oxford), Professor Tony Venables (Oxford) and Ben Akabueze, Commissioner for Economic Planning & Budget of Lagos State, Nigeria.

Urban areas are the most productive parts of the developing world, yet concentrated urban poverty presents some of the biggest policy challenges. By 2008, for the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population was living in urban areas and it is projected that by 2030 this number will swell to almost 5 billion, with urban growth concentrated in Africa and Asia.

This discussion addressed the potential and the challenges of economic development in urban areas.