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An agenda for research on urbanization in developing countries : a summary of findings from a scoping exercise


  • Annez , Patricia Clarke
  • Linn, Johannes F.


This paper assesses the state of research and examines priorities for future work in the area of urbanization and growth. This is done by reviewing and summarizing the findings of five scoping papers covering the following topics: urban poverty, the political economy of urban poverty, urban real estate and housing, urban infrastructure finance, and external assistance for urban development.

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  • Annez , Patricia Clarke & Linn, Johannes F., 2010. "An agenda for research on urbanization in developing countries : a summary of findings from a scoping exercise," Policy Research Working Paper Series 5476, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:5476

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    1. Buckley, Robert M. & Mathema, Ashna S., 2007. "Is Accra a superstar city ?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4453, The World Bank.
    2. Graham, Carol, 2008. "Measuring Quality of Life in Latin America: What Happiness Research Can (and Cannot) Contribute," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 1632, Inter-American Development Bank.
    3. James Alm, 2010. "Municipal Finance of Urban Infrastructure: Knowns and Unknowns," Working Papers id:2585, eSocialSciences.
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    6. Patricia Clarke Annez & Gwénaelle Huet & George E. Peterson, 2008. "Lessons for the Urban Century : Decentralized Infrastructure Finance in the World Bank," World Bank Publications - Books, The World Bank Group, number 6435, December.
    7. Carol Graham, 2008. "Measuring Quality of Life in Latin America: What Happiness Research Can (and Cannot) Contribute," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 6751, Inter-American Development Bank.
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    1. World Bank & International Monetary Fund, 2013. "Global Monitoring Report 2013 : Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals," World Bank Publications - Books, The World Bank Group, number 13330, December.
    2. Brueckner, Jan K. & Lall, Somik V., 2015. "Cities in Developing Countries," Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, in: Gilles Duranton & J. V. Henderson & William C. Strange (ed.), Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, edition 1, volume 5, chapter 0, pages 1399-1455, Elsevier.
    3. Srinivas Murthy & Aleksandra Leligdowicz & Neill K J Adhikari, 2015. "Intensive Care Unit Capacity in Low-Income Countries: A Systematic Review," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 10(1), pages 1-12, January.

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    Urban Poverty; Urban Housing and Land Settlements; National Urban Development Policies&Strategies; City Development Strategies; Banks&Banking Reform;
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