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Globalization and the Rise of Mega-Cities in the Developing World

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  • Steven Poelhekke
  • Frederick Van der Ploeg

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Thomas Friedman has argued in The World is Flat that those who deny rapid globalization will not survive in the global economy. First, we critically discuss Friedman’s views and highlight the new globalization driven by outsourcing and vertical specialization. Second, we argue that Friedman pays insufficient attention to the spectacular growth of mega-cities in the developing world. The world is not flat, and the developing world certainly is not. Still, mega-cities tend to become too big. Their growth also goes hand in hand with formation of slums and congestion. We thus argue that there is a role for public policies.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 2208.

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Keywords: globalization; unbundling; off-shoring; mega-cities; congestion; public policies;

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  1. Alberto Majocchi & Andrea Zatti, 2008. "Land use, congestion and urban management," ISAE Working Papers 99, ISTAT - Italian National Institute of Statistics - (Rome, ITALY).
  2. Steven Poelhekke & Frederick van der Ploeg, 2008. "Growth, Foreign Direct Investment and Urban Concentration: Unbundling Spatial Lags," DNB Working Papers 195, Netherlands Central Bank, Research Department.
  3. Daniel Arribas-Bel & Karima Kourtit & Peter Nijkamp, 2013. "Socio-cultural Diversity and Urban Buzz," Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 13-110/VIII, Tinbergen Institute.

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