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Title:Urban settlement: Data, measures, and trends PDF Logo
Authors:Bloom, David E.
Canning, David
Fink, Günther
Khanna, Tarun
Salyer, Patrick
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,12
Abstract:This paper examines data on urbanization. We review the most commonly used data sources, and highlight the difficulties inherent in defining and measuring the size of urban versus rural populations. We show that differences in the measurement of urban populations across countries and over time are significant, and discuss the methods used to obtain these measurements, as well as those for projecting urbanization. We also analyze recent trends and patterns in urbanization. Finally, we describe the principal channels of urbanization and examine their relative contributions to the global urbanization process.
Subjects:urbanization
measurement
urban population
JEL:O18
R11
ISBN:978-92-9230-247-4
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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