Urban Development: Theory, Fact, and Illusion

Paperback | December 1, 1993

byJ. Vernon Henderson

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This in-depth study of the economics of urbanization and development explores the key characteristics of urban-rural patterns of production and consumption in developing countries--particularly Brazil, China, and India--as well as government policies affecting urbanization. Drawing on awealth of theoretical and empirical research, Henderson investigates rural-urban migration, changes in the production patterns in cities, the drain of skilled workers from small towns, individual city restrictions on growth and entry, and other phenomena.

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This in-depth study of the economics of urbanization and development explores the key characteristics of urban-rural patterns of production and consumption in developing countries--particularly Brazil, China, and India--as well as government policies affecting urbanization. Drawing on awealth of theoretical and empirical research, Hen...

J. Vernon Henderson is at Brown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.18 × 0.79 inPublished:December 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195069021

ISBN - 13:9780195069020

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Facts about Urban Production Patterns2. Modeling the System of Cities in an Economy3. Growth, Technological Change, and Economic Development4. Trade and Natural Resources5. Evidence on the Nature of Agglomeration Effects6. Population Composition of Cities: Bright Lights or Productivity7. Government Policies Creating Unintended Spatial Distortions8. Industrial Location Policies: Illusion and Remedy9. City Size Policies and Laissez-Faire10. Empirical Determinants of Urban Concentration11. Urban Issues in a Planned Economy: China12. ConclusionsReferencesIndex

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