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Asian Development Review: Volume 34, Number 2

Publication | August 2017
Asian Development Review: Volume 34, Number 2

Topics discussed in this issue of the Asian Development Review include a special issue on urban and regional development in Asia.

Other topics include the region's geographic development, transport infrastructure and decentralization of cities in the People's Republic of China (PRC), evolution of the size and industrial structure of cities in Japan between 1980 and 2010, real estate bubbles and urban development, determinants of urban land supply in the PRC, productivity gains from agglomeration and migration in the PRC between 2002 and 2013, urban agglomeration effects in India, and the social costs of climate change for poor Asian cities.

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The Asian Development Review (ADR) is a professional journal for disseminating the results of economic development research relevant to Asia and the Pacific. ADR is published twice a year, in March and September, by MIT Press. The ADR is a journal of the Asian Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank Institute.

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  • Special Issue on Urban and Regional Development in Asia - Klaus Desmet and Jesus Felipe
    • This special issue of the Asian Development Review brings together a series of papers that analyze urban and regional development in Asia.
  • Asia’s Geographic Development - Klaus Desmet, Dávid Krisztián Nagy, and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg
    • This paper studies the impact of spatial frictions on Asia’s long-term spatial development.
  • Transport Infrastructure and the Decentralization of Cities in the People’s Republic of China - Nathaniel Baum-Snow and Matthew A. Turner
    • This paper describes the evolution of transport infrastructure in the People’s Republic of China and how it relates to the evolution of location patterns of population and production in Chinese cities and their surrounding regions.
  • Natural City Growth in the People’s Republic of China - Peter H. Egger, Gabriel Loumeau, and Nicole Püschel
    • This paper analyzes the growth of Metropolitan Statistical Areas in the PRC between 1992 and 2013 by focusing on the night-light radiance—a measure of economic activity—of connected subcity places that we refer to as a natural city.
  • Evolution of the Size and Industrial Structure of Cities in Japan between 1980 and 2010: Constant Churning and Persistent Regularity - Tomoya Mori
    • This paper investigates the evolution of the Japanese economy between 1980 and 2010 with regard to the population and industrial structure of cities.
  • Real Estate Bubbles and Urban Development - Edward L. Glaeser
    • This paper addresses the larger question of why real estate booms and busts are so common and whether they can be good for growth.
  • Determinants of Urban Land Supply in the People’s Republic of China: How Do Political Factors Matter? - Wen-Tai Hsu, Xiaolu Li, Yang Tang, and Jing Wu
    • This paper explores whether and how corruption and competition-for-promotion motives affect urban land supply in the People’s Republic of China.
  • Productivity Gains from Agglomeration and Migration in the People’s Republic of China between 2002 and 2013 - Pierre-Philippe Combes, Sylvie Démurger, and Shi Li
    • This paper evaluates the evolution of productivity gains in cities in the People’s Republic of China between 2002 and 2013.
  • Urban Agglomeration Effects in India: Evidence from Town-Level Data - Rana Hasan, Yi Jiang, and Radine Michelle Rafols
    • Combining multiple data sets for India, this paper estimates the elasticity of wages with respect to town population and density between 1% and 2%, which is smaller than estimates in the literature based on district-level analysis.
  • Will Climate Change Cause Enormous Social Costs for Poor Asian Cities? - Matthew E. Kahn
    • This paper studies strategies for reducing the increased social costs imposed on cities by climate change.