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Title:Urban myths and the mis-use of data that underpin them PDF Logo
Authors:Satterthwaite, David
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,28
Abstract:This paper describes the gaps and limitations in the data available on urban populations for many low- and middle-income nations and how this limits the accuracy of international comparisons - for instance of levels of urbanization and of the size of city populations. It also discusses how the lack of attention to data limitations has led to many myths and misconceptions in regard to growth rates for city populations and for nations' levels of urbanization. It ends with some comments on how data limitations distort urban policies.
Subjects:urbanization
city populations
censuses
JEL:O18
C80
F59
ISBN:978-92-9230-263-4
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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