6th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Research Conference: People, Markets and Cities

Washington, D.C, September 9, 2019

The 6th Urbanization and Poverty Reduction Conference will bring together academics and development practitioners to present and discuss questions relating to People, Markets, and Cities. In particular, the conference will focus on effective land, housing, transport, and local labor market policy in cities and their implications for economic development and social inclusion.

This conference is hosted by the World Bank (Development Research Group), George Washington University (Institute for International Economic Policy), the Inter-American Development Bank (Housing and Urban Development Divisionand Department of Research), and the International Growth Center (Cities Research Program). 

Blog Post:

  • 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 […]

Working Paper:

Rural Spillovers of Urban Growth

(with Sam Asher and Paul Novosad)

As cities in developing countries continue to grow rapidly, there is insufficient empirical evidence on how this affects growth in surrounding rural economies. We study the effects of shocks to labor demand in cities on village-level economic outcomes, using a new dataset with administrative data from multiple sources on the universe of urban and rural economies in India.