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  • Reply to: What makes a city competitive?   4 months 1 day ago
    Thanks Abha for your comment! We find that secondary and smaller cities do seem to grow faster, in terms of GDP and of population (even though they hardly ever overtake primary cities). Do watch this space for more blogs, policy briefs, papers and seminar announcements in the next few weeks and months as the competitive cities team begins to finalize and disseminate additional findings. Best, Megha
  • Reply to: What makes a city competitive?   4 months 3 days ago

    Megha- read with great interest. I like the focus on secondary/emerging cities since these will be the cities absorbing most of the rapid urbanization and should therefore be leading contributors to growth. Look forward to understanding what drives competitiveness in these emerging cities and what can other cities learn.

  • Reply to: Seoul Goes Local in Development   9 months 2 days ago
    Thanks for your comment Asangla. I completely agree and this was the central message of the blog post as well - how do you push through long term sustainable policies perhaps at the cost of shorter term gains.
  • Reply to: Seoul Goes Local in Development   9 months 4 days ago

    economic growth will face a lot of "wicked problem" like that of Cheonggyecheon especially in asian countries where most are still under "developing" category, but sustainable development is needed inorder to maintain the growth in a progressive yet non-aggresive manner to balance the poltical madness(at times) and sanity of poverty.

  • Reply to: Bright Lights, Big Cities   9 months 1 week ago
    Many thanks - I'm glad that you like the blog. In terms of similar data sets for the Latin America region, there's a publicly available night-lights data set which is similar to the one we use that has global coverage with a time series that dates back to 1992 ( Therefore, there's nothing to stop the application of similar methods to LAC and, indeed, even globally. As for the causes of some of the patterns we see in the South Asia data, that's, of course, a very important question and one that we hope to look into further!