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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)
Peter Lanjouw (World Bank)
Somik V. Lall (World Bank)
Vernon Henderson (Brown University)
Adam Storeygard (Tufts University)

 World Bank Research on Urban and Regional Development

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The following policy research working papers are drawn from the World Bank's institutional archives. Each link opens a page with an abstract of the document and several download options. For papers before 2007, please use document search at

Last updated: 2009-06-03

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