• The Young Fare Better with Covid-19. But in Latin America the Reality Is More Nuanced

    The Young Fare Better with Covid-19. But in Latin America the Reality Is More Nuanced

    on December 15, 2020

    The risk of dying from Covid-19 is significantly lower for young and middle-aged adults than for the elderly. The fact that Latin America’s population is younger relative to high-income regions would suggest that age-based prioritization of vaccine delivery, targeted confinement, and other […]

  • Where is Latin America and the Caribbean on the COVID-19 Curve?

    Where is Latin America and the Caribbean on the COVID-19 Curve?

    on April 29, 2020

    As the first wave of COVID-19 infections advances across the globe, more data becomes available that can help us better understand where we are, how we arrived here, and what may be on the horizon. This blog post explores what widely available data can tell us about how the much-cited curve of […]

  • Big Data: New Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Research

    Big Data: New Opportunities and Challenges for Urban Research

    on March 23, 2020

    Fifteen years ago, researchers were restricted to using surveys, censuses and basic administrative data when they examined cities and local policies. But those methods have real limitations. Surveys can be prohibitively expensive. Censuses may be out of date and administrative data often fail to […]

  • Migration Can Shape Local Development Policies in Unexpected Ways

    Migration Can Shape Local Development Policies in Unexpected Ways

    on April 11, 2019

    When Brazil’s government decided in 1967 to create a free trade zone in Manaus, it had glittering visions of Amazonian development. Located at the meeting point of two tributaries of the Amazon river, the so-called “City of the Forest” had fallen on hard times since the end of the rubber boom […]

  • Who Benefits from Job Creation in Cities?

    Who Benefits from Job Creation in Cities?

    on February 12, 2019

    When it comes to urban economic development, everything is a question of tradeoffs. There are, as economists like to say, “no free lunches.” Consider California. The astronomical wages paid by firms like Google, Apple and other digital firms draw thousands of people to the Silicon Valley/San […]

  • Why the Developing World Should Look Beyond the US Experience as a Model to Manage Rapid Urbanization

    Why the Developing World Should Look Beyond the US Experience as a Model to Manage Rapid Urbanization

    on June 13, 2018

    By the year 2100, the planet will have, according to forecasts, twice as many people living in cities as it does today. The lion’s share of this transformation will take place in the developing world, where the urban population could go from 2.6 billion to close to 8 billion in less than a century. […]