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Title:The face of urban poverty: Explaining the prevalence of slums in developing countries PDF Logo
Authors:Arimah, Ben C.
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,30
Abstract:One of the most visible and enduring manifestations of urban poverty in developing countries is the formation and proliferation of slums. While attention has focused on the rapid pace of urbanization as the sole or major factor explaining the proliferation of slums and squatter settlements in developing countries, there are other factors whose impacts are not known with much degree of certainty. It is also not clear how the effects of these factors vary across regions of the developing world. This paper accounts for differences in the prevalence of slums among developing countries using data drawn from the recent global assessment of slums undertaken by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. The empirical analysis identifies substantial inter-country variations in the incidence of slums both within and across the regions of Africa, Asia as well as, Latin America and the Caribbean.
Subjects:urban poverty
slums
developing countries
inter-country differences
JEL:I32
R21
R31
ISBN:978-92-9230-265-8
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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