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India's Spatial Development

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  • Klaus Desmet
  • Ejaz Ghani
  • Stephen O'Connell
  • Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

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Should developing countries focus on the development of urban infrastructure and in general facilitate the location of employment in its large cities to exploit the still important agglomeration economies? Or should they develop infrastructure in medium-density locations to remove some of the growth impediments present in these areas? This note examines the recent spatial development of India.1 Services, and to a lesser extent manufacturing, are increasingly concentrating in high-density clusters. This stands in contrast with the United States, where in the last decades services have tended to grow fastest in medium-density locations, such as Silicon Valley. India’s experience is not common to all fast-growing developing economies. The spatial growth pattern of China looks more similar to that of the United States than to that of India. What is preventing India's medium-density cities from growing and taking full advantage of agglomeration forces? Future research should focus on identifying the barriers to growth in medium-density places.
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  • Klaus Desmet & Ejaz Ghani & Stephen O'Connell & Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, 2013. "India's Spatial Development," World Bank Other Operational Studies 22615, The World Bank.
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    1. Klaus Desmet & Ejaz Ghani & Stephen O'Connell & Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, 2015. "The Spatial Development Of India," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 55(1), pages 10-30, January.
    2. Desmet, Klaus & Rossi-Hansberg, Esteban, 2009. "Spatial growth and industry age," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 144(6), pages 2477-2502, November.
    3. Ghani, Ejaz (ed.), 2010. "The Poor Half Billion in South Asia: What is Holding Back Lagging Regions?," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198068846.
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    1. Camacho, Carmen & Pérez-Barahona, Agustín, 2015. "Land use dynamics and the environment," Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Elsevier, vol. 52(C), pages 96-118.

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    Keywords

    Communities and Human Settlements - Urban Slums Upgrading Public Sector Corruption Anticorruption Measures Urban Development - City Development Strategies Information and Communication Technologies - ICT Policy and Strategies Public Sector Development Macroeconomics and Economic Growth - Spatial and Local Economic Development;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • H1 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • J6 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers
    • R1 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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