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Urban land markets : improving land management for successful urbanization
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Dordrecht ; London ; New York : Springer, c2009
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xxxvii, 408 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
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30000010275222 HD1391 U73 2009 Open Access Book Book

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As urbanization progresses at a remarkable pace, policy makers and analysts come to understand and agree on key features that will make this process more efficient and inclusive, leading to gains in the welfare of citizens. Drawing on insights from economic geography and two centuries of experience in developed countries, the World Bank's World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography emphasizes key aspects that are fundamental to ensuring an efficient rural-urban transformation. Critical among these are land, as the most important resource, and well-functioning land markets. Regardless of the stage of urbanization, flexible and forward-looking institu- ons that help the efficient functioning of land markets are the bedrock of succe- ful urbanization strategies. In particular, institutional arrangements for allocating land rights and for managing and regulating land use have significant implica- ons for how cities deliver agglomeration economies and improve the welfare of their residents. Property rights, well-functioning land markets, and the management and servicing of land required to accommodate urban expansion and provide trunk infrastructure are all topics that arise as regions progress from incipient urbani- tion to medium and high density.

Table of Contents

Robin Rajack and Somik V. LallJan K. BruecknerJ. Vernon HendersonChristine Whitehead and Rebecca L. H. Chiu and Sasha Tsenkova and Bengt TurnerMark NapierAlain Durand-Lasserve and Harris SelodGeoffrey Payne and Alain Durand-Lasserve and Carole RakodiCynthia Goytia and Gabriel LanfranchiSumila Gulyani and Debabrata TalukdarBasab Dasgupta and Somik V. LallMaria da Piedade Morais and Bruno de Oliveira CruzEmilio Haddad and João Fernando Pires MeyerRobin RajackAntonio Azuela and Carlos Herrera-MartínBelinda YuenMichael Cohen
List of Editors and Contributorsp. xi
Acronyms and Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introduction: What Do We Know About Urban Land Markets?p. xix
Part I Land Markets, Regulation, and Welfare
1 Government Land Use Interventions: An Economic Analysisp. 3
2 The Effect of Residential Land Market Regulations on Urban Welfarep. 25
3 Land Use Regulation: Transferring Lessons from Developed Economiesp. 51
4 Making Urban Land Markets Work Better in South African Cities and Towns: Arguing the Basis for Access by the Poorp. 71
Part II Land Market Policies and the Urban Poor
5 The Formalization of Urban Land Tenure in Developing Countriesp. 101
6 Social and Economic Impacts of Land Titling Programs in Urban and Periurban Areas: A Short Review of the Literaturep. 133
7 Informal Neighborhoods in the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Region: Understanding the Effects of Land Regulation on the Welfare of the Poorp. 163
8 Informal Rental Markets: The Low-Quality, High-Price Puzzle in Nairobi's Slumsp. 191
9 Assessing Benefits of Slum Upgrading Programs in Second-Best Settingsp. 225
10 Housing Demand, Tenure Choice, and Housing Policy in Brazilp. 253
11 Housing Conditions and Income Distribution: Evidence from São Paulop. 283
Part III Public Land Management
12 Does Public Ownership and Management of Land Matter for Land Market Outcomes?p. 305
13 Taking Land Around the World: International Trends in Expropriation for Urban and Infrastructure Projectsp. 337
14 Guiding Spatial Changes: Singapore Urban Planningp. 363
15 Aid, Density, and Urban Form: Anticipating Dakarp. 385
Indexp. 399
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