The Urban Imperative Towards Competitive Cities

Hardcover | February 12, 2015

EditorEdward Glaeser, Abha Joshi Ghani

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For most of human history, people lived on the edge of survival. In the past two centuries, we have miraculously moved towards far greater prosperity through transformations, above all, in cities. Urbanization holds the potential of transforming the developing world. While the transition fromfarm to city is filled with economic, social, and political promises, urbanization also poses enormous challenges-the breakdown of public services, congestion, pollution, and crime. With the right policies cities can lead transformative change-providing jobs, creating prosperity, and liftingmillions out of poverty. What policies can help harness this unprecedented urbanization and address the vast inequalities of access and opportunity that cities present today? What makes cities more competitive? This book answers these and other important questions. The volume emphasizes the need to rethink cities and to imagine a better urban future by providing the reader with diverse perspectives on urbanization such as the changing economic landscape, city competitiveness, entrepreneurship, inclusion, informality, sustainability, and provision of essentialservices. The book would help chart a path towards competitive and people-centered cities.

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For most of human history, people lived on the edge of survival. In the past two centuries, we have miraculously moved towards far greater prosperity through transformations, above all, in cities. Urbanization holds the potential of transforming the developing world. While the transition fromfarm to city is filled with economic, social...

Edward Glaeser is the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at the Harvard University. Abha Joshi-Ghani is the Director for Knowledge Exchange and Learning at the World Bank.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:512 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.54 inPublished:February 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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List of Tables, Figures, Boxes, and MapsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsEdward Glaeser and Abha Joshi-Ghani: Rethinking Cities1. Brandon Fuller and Paul Romer: Urbanization as Opportunity -2. Richard Dobbs and Jaana Remes: The Shifting Urban Economic Landscape: What Does It Mean for Cities?3. J. Vernon Henderson: Urbanization and the Geography of Development4. Klaus Desmet and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg: Analyzing Urban Systems: Have Megacities Become Too Large?5. Enrico Moretti: Are Cities the New Growth Escalator?6. Joshua Lerner: Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, and Cities7. Ejaz Ghani and Ravi Kanbur: Urbanization and (In)Formalization8. Saskia Sassen: Bridging Divides: Enabling Urban Capabilities9. Michael Keith: The Great Migration: Urban Aspirations10. Jonathan Woetzel and Herbert Pohl: Infrastructure: Doing More with Less11. Eduardo Engel and Alexander Galetovic: Urban Transport: Can Public-Private Partnerships Work?12. Matthew E. Kahn: Sustainable and Smart Cities13. Sonia Hammam: Housing Matters14. Alain Bertaud: Converting Land into Aff ordable Housing Floor Space15. Paul Collier and Anthony J. Venables: Housing and Urbanization in Africa: Unleashing a Formal Market ProcessIndexAbout the Editors and Contributors