Beyond Urban Bias in Africa: Urbanization in an Era of Structural Adjustment

Beyond Urban Bias in Africa: Urbanization in an Era of Structural Adjustment


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The essays in this book examine the question of whether African development has historically been weighted in favor of the urban areas. The authors worry that the benefits of urban development are being lost in current adjustment approaches. What is necessary is to harness the financial and human resources of the human city as part of a strategy to ensure greater and more widespread economic development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780435080914
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 04/21/1994
Series: Social History of Africa Series
Pages: 294

About the Author

Charles Becker, President of the Economics Institute, simultaneously holds positions as an adjunct associate professor in the Economics Department of the University of Colorado and as a research associate in the Population Program of the Institute for Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado. A specialist on labor market and urban issues in Africa and other developing countries, he has constructed computable general models for India and South Africa, and has done important work on the demo-economic impact of the spread of AIDS in Africa.

Andrew Hamer, a principal economist with the World Bank, was part of the original Bank team responsible for most of the urban economics research conducted in developing countries, and has published extensively on urban location in Latin America. Now working on urban problems in China and Africa, Dr. Hamer has been an important analyst of international agencies' urban policies.

Andrew Morrison, an assistant professor of economics at Tulane University, has worked extensively on labor market issues in developing countries. In addition to his work on Africa, he has published articles on labor market structure, migration and urbanization in Latin America. Dr. Morrison is the first economist to quantify the GNP effects of interregional migration; for this work the Population Association of America honored him with the Dorothy Thomas Award in 1988.

Table of Contents

African Economic Development and Urbanization

Urban Centers in African Economics

African City Systems and Urban Growth

The Role of Migration in African Urbanization

Employment Growth and the Wage Structure in Urban Africa

Neoclassical Models of Urbanization and Competing Paradigms

Development Policies from an Urban Perspective: Strategies for the Future

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