April 20, 9:30 AM. Part of the WB-IMF Spring Meetings, this event will discuss the global productivity slump, a challenge facing advanced, emerging and developing economies alike.
The Buzz in Cities: New Economic Thinking
Throughout the developing world, people are voting with their feet and heading citywards. The future looks increasingly urban, and economic growth, employment prospects, and the quality of life are coming to depend upon the dynamism and health of cities. If urban economic engines falter or fail, both local and national consequences could be severe. Hence, a wealth of recent research is devoted to the key facets of urban development and to the crafting of policies that can make it more rewarding. This volume brings together the views of leading experts on factors that determine the payoff from urbanization and on how the benefits to the urban population can be enhanced through better policies. It provides a concise tour d’horizon of an extraordinarily rich and diverse field.