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Community Economic Development in Social Work

by Steven D. Soifer, Joseph B. McNeely & Cathy Costa

Community economic development (CED) is an increasingly essential factor in the revitalization of low- to moderate-income communities. This cutting-edge text explores the intersection of CED and social work...


The City Moves West: Economic and Industrial Growth in Central West Texas

by Robert L. Martin

Where water supply, railway transportation, and oil reserves have been abundant, towns in central West Texas have prospered; where these resources are few, settlements have maintained only slight growth or disappeared...


Brew to Bikes: Portland's Artisan Economy

by Charles Heying

Dissatisfied with passive consumption, many residents of Portland, OR, take matters into their own hands. Associate Professor of Urban Studies Charles Heying noticed these local artisans prospering all over...


Crony Capitalism and Economic Growth in Latin America: Theory and Evidence

by Stephen Haber

Crony capitalism systems—in which those close to political policymakers receive favors allowing them to earn returns far above market value—are a fundamental feature of the economies of Latin America. Haber...


The Gift of Success and Happiness: Transforming Your Life Through Business Process Principles

by Chip Sawicki & Vernon Roberts

The Gift of Success and Happiness offers a set of simple systems—based on the world’s most reliable business principles—that empowers readers to meet and overcome challenges posed by money, work, relationships,...


Global Monitoring Report 2013: Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals

by World Bank & International Monetary Fund

The Global Monitoring Report 2013: Rural-Urban Dynamics and the Millennium Development Goals examines rural-urban disparities in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and how urbanization,...


The Little Data Book on Africa 2012/2013

by World Bank

The Little Data Book on Africa 2012/2013 is a pocket edition of Africa Development Indicators 2012/2013. It contains some 115 key indicators on economics, human development, governance, and partnership and is...


The Little Data Book on Gender in Africa 2012/2013

by World Bank

The Little Data Book on Gender in Africa 2012/13 provides a summary collection of gender statistics on Africa available in one volume. It contains 60 indicators, covering 53 African countries. Additional data...


Bangladesh: The Path to Middle-Income Status from an Urban Perspective

by Elisa Muzzini

Bangladesh seeks to attain middle-income status by 2021, the 50th anniversary of its independence. To accelerate growth enough to do so, Bangladesh needs to build a competitive urban space that is innovative,...


Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics: Cities and Geography

by V. Henderson & J.F. Thisse

The new Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics: Cities and Geography reviews, synthesizes and extends the key developments in urban and regional economics and their strong connection to other recent developments...


Urban Growth and Spatial Transition in Nepal: An Initial Assessment

by Elisa Muzzini & Gabriela Aparicio

Nepal: Urban Growth and Spatial Transition carries out an initial assessment of Nepal's urban growth and spatial transformation, with a focus on spatial demographic and economic trends, economic growth drivers...


Urbanization beyond Municipal Boundaries: Nurturing Metropolitan Economies and Connecting Peri-Urban Areas in India

by The World Bank

This study identifies three priority areas for India's policymakers as they try to harness economic efficiency and manage spatial equity associated with urbanization. First, to enhance productivity, invest in...


Strong, Safe, and Resilient: A Strategic Policy Guide for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

by Abhas K. Jha & Zuzana Stanton-Geddes

Disaster risk management is essential in the fight against poverty. Disasters can, in an instant, wipe out decades of hard-fought poverty reduction and development gains and push countless households into poverty....


Building Urban Resilience: Principles, Tools, and Practice

by Abhas K. Jha & Todd W. Miner

Resilience is the ability of a system, community, or society exposed to hazards to resist, absorb, accommodate to, and recover from the effects of a hazard in a timely and efficient manner. Resilience in the...


Rental Housing: Lessons from International Experience and Policies for Emerging Markets

by Ira Gary Peppercorn & Claude Taffin

The vast majority of rental housing around the world is unsubsidized and in private hands. Everywhere there are great needs for safe, decent, and affordable housing at the lowest income levels. A few countries-mostly...


Comparative Regional Integration: Europe and Beyond

by Finn Laursen

This volume features up-to-date studies of regional integration efforts, particularly those made in North America, South America, and East Asia. Comparisons are drawn between these efforts and those made in...


Planning, Connecting, and Financing Cities - Now: Priorities for City Leaders

by The World Bank

This report provides Mayors and other policymakers with a policy framework and diagnostic tools to anticipate and implement strategies that can avoid their cities from locking into irreversible physical and...


Transforming Cities with Transit: Transit and Land-Use Integration for Sustainable Urban Development

by Robert Cervero

'Transforming Cities with Transit' explores the complex process of transit and land-use integration in rapidly growing cities in developing countries. As one of the most promising strategies for advancing environmental...


The Knowledge Business: The Commodification of Urban and Housing Research

by Allen & Imrie

This book provides a critique of the knowledge business, and describes and evaluates its different manifestations in, and impacts on, the university sector. Its focus is the social sciences and, in particular,...


The Economics of Uniqueness: Investing in Historic City Cores and Cultural Heritage Assets for Sustainable Development

by Guido Licciardi & Rana Amirtahmasebi

In a world where half of the population lives in cities and more than 90 percent of urban growth is occurring in the developing world, cities struggle to modernize without completely losing their unique character,...