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Urban and Regional Development


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World Bank research on spatial economics addresses issues related to urban development and infrastructure systems.

  • Urban development
  • Regional economics
  • Transport and development
 Research focus Themes
Urban development
Access to public services; improving fiscal sustainability of urban service provision; housing market dynamics and employment opportunities. Closely related are evaluations of urban upgrading projects, titling, and pro-poor policies for improving the life of slum dwellers.
Regional economics
The role of cities and city systems in a dynamic environment for regional growth; policies to promote development in lagging regions, such as infrastructure investments and secondary city strategies. These activities are closely linked with concepts of the new economic geography, and often use geo-referenced data and spatial analytic techniques.


Transport and development
How investments in transport infrastructure affect regional or international trade, economic growth and a country’s internal economic geography of production.

Completed projects

Related links
Other World Bank web sites related to spatial economics.

 Contact Core Team

Uwe Deichmann

Uwe Deichmann (World Bank)
Brian Blankespoor (World Bank)

Collaborative Researchers
Mark Roberts (World Bank and
University of Cambridge
Forhad Shilpi (World Bank)
Harris Selod (World Bank)
Somik V. Lall (World Bank)
Vernon Henderson (Brown University)
Adam Storeygard (Tufts University)

 Working Papers on Urban and Regional Development

The following policy research working papers are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. You can search all working papers by name, title, or working paper number ("wpsxxxx")

WPS6506A global urban risk indexBrecht, Henrike; Deichmann, Uwe; Wang, Hyoung Gun2013/06
WPS6481Is urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa different ?Henderson, J. Vernon; Roberts, Mark; Storeygard, Adam2013/06
WPS5516Infrastructure investments under uncertainty with the possibility of retrofit : theory and simulationsStrand, Jon; Miller, Sebastian; Siddiqui, Sauleh2011/01
WPS5479On the road to prosperity ? The economic geography of China's national expressway networkRoberts, Mark; Deichmann, Uwe; Fingleton, Bernard; Shi, Tuo2010/11
WPS5209The impact of roads on poverty reduction : a case study of CameroonGachassin, Marie; Najman, Boris; Raballand, Gael2010/02
WPS5153International growth spillovers, geography and infrastructureRoberts, Mark; Deichmann, Uwe2009/12
WPS5126Regionalizing telecommunications reform in West AfricaKessides, Ioannis N.; Noll, Roger G.; Benjamin, Nancy C.2009/11
WPS4611Spatial specialization and farm-nonfarm linkagesDeichmann, Uwe; Shilpi, Forhad; Vakis, Renos2008/04
WPS4516Determinants of a digital divide in Sub-Saharan Africa : a spatial econometric analysis of cell phone coverageBuys, Piet; Dasgupta, Susmita; Thomas, Tim; Wheeler, David2008/02
WPS4533Valuing access to water - a spatial hedonic approach applied to Indian citiesAnselin, Luc; Lozano-Gracia, Nancy; Deichmann, Uwe; Lall, Somik2008/02
WPS4327Urbanization and productivity : evidence from Turkish provinces over the period 1980-2000Coulibaly, Souleymane ; Deichmann, Uwe ; Lall, Somik2007/08
44353Domestic trade impacts of the expansion of the national expressway network in China 2007/06
WPS4097Road network upgrading and overland trade expansion in Sub-Saharan AfricaBuys, Piet; Deichmann, Uwe; Wheeler, David2006/12
WPS3993Assessing benefits of slum upgrading programs in second-best settingsDasgupta, Basab; Lall, Somik V.2006/08
WPS3924What are public services worth, and to whom ? Non-parametric estimation of capitalization in PuneLall, Somik V.; Lundberg, Mattias2006/05
WPS3843Regional subsidies and industrial prospects of lagging regionsCarvalho, Alexandre; Lall, Somik V.; Timmins, Christopher2006/02
WPS3723Determinants of city growth in BrazilDa Mata, Daniel; Deichmann, Uwe; Henderson, J. Vernon; Lall, Somik V.; Wang, Hyoung Gun2005/09
WPS3724Examining the growth patterns of Brazilian citiesDa Mata, Daniel; Deichmann, Uwe; Henderson, J. Vernon; Lall, Somik V.; Wang, Hyoung Gun2005/09
WPS3477Agglomeration, transport, and regional development in IndonesiaDeichmann, Uwe; Kaiser, Kai; Lall, Somik V; Shalizi, Zmarak2005/01
WPS3465Economic geography : real or hype?Jun Koo; Lall, Somik V.2005/01
WPS3318Location and welfare in cities: impacts of policy interventions on the urban poorKapoor, Mudit; Lall, Somik V.; Lundberg, Mattias K. A.; Shalizi, Zmarak2004/05
WPS3070Are you satisfied? citizen feedback and delivery of urban servicesDeichmann, Uwe; Lall, Somik V.2003/06
WPS3002Information-based instruments for improved urban managementDeichmann,Uwe; Lall, Somik V.; Suri, Ajay; Rajoria, Pragya2003/03
WPS2961Strategic planning for poverty reduction in Vietnam : progress and challenges for meeting the localized Millennium Development GoalsSwinkels, Rob; Turk, Carrie2003/01
WPS2900Economic structure, productivity, and infrastructure quality in southern Mexico Deichmann, Uwe; Fay, Marianne; Jun Koo; Lall, Somik V.2002/10
WPS2862Tenure, Divesity, and commitment - community participation for urban service provision Lall, Somik V.; Deichmann, Uwe; Lundberg, Mattias K.A.; Chaudhury, Nazmul2002/06
WPS2663Agglomeration economies and productivity in Indian industry Lall, Somik; Shalizi, Zmarak; Deichmann, Uwe2001/08
WPS2567Policy reform, economic growth, and the digital divide - an econometric analysis Dasgupta, Susmita; Lall, Somik; Wheeler, David2001/03

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