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GDN CONFERENCE: 2012
 

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GDN hosted its 13th Annual Global Development Conference titled ‘Urbanization and Development: Delving Deeper into the Nexus’ in Budapest, Hungary on 16-18 June, 2012. The international event was held in partnership with the Central European University (CEU). About 350 participants attended the conference from all over the world. The conference was a prime opportunity for the exchange of ideas on the above important topic with internationally renowned researchers, representatives of national and international organizations and sponsors of research.

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Conference Program at a Glance
Conference Program
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Summary of Conference Proceedings

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Conference in the media

Online feature stories on www.gdn.int:
Globalization Privileges Particular Kinds of Economy – Saskia Sassen on Urbanization and Development
Q&A with Rector John Shattuck, Central European University
Op-Ed on Budapest Conference by Gerardo della Paolera and George Mavrotas
Planning for Justice: Susan Fainstein on Urban Planning and Policy
International Development and Japanese Partnership with GDN

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Conference Presentations

Plenary 1: Opening
16 June 2012 [09:00 - 11:00]
Saskia Sassen, ‘Rethinking Development: Any Role for Cities’,
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Plenary 2: Cities as Engines of Growth
16 June 2012 [16:30 - 18:30]
Isher Ahluwalia, ‘Cities as Engines of Growth’
J. Vernon Henderson, ‘The Geography of Development within Countries’,
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Matthew Kahn, ‘Green Cities during a Time of Urban Growth’,
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Plenary 3: Urban Externalities: Contagious Disease, Congestion and Crime
17 June 2012 [09:00 - 11:00]
Susan Fainstein, ‘Urban Externalities: Improving Health, Congestion and Safety under Principles of Justice: Applicability of the Singapore Model?’,
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Teresa Caldeira, 'Urban Transgressions:  New Urban Practices, Youth, and Violence in São Paulo'

Plenary 4: Urbanization and Poverty
17 June 2012 [16:00 - 18:00]
Ravi Kanbur, ‘The Informality Lens’,
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Robert Buckley, ‘Are Many Cities Becoming Malthusian?’,
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Carlos Vainer, ‘Urban Development Policies and Anti-Poverty Policies – the Penelope Shroud Challenge’,
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Plenary 5: Urbanization and Development: The Enabling Policy Environment
18 June 2012 [09:00 - 11:00]
Anthony Venables, ‘Housing and Urbanisation in Africa: Developing Formal Private Mass Housing’,
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Mario Pezzini, ‘Long Term Geology: Shifting Wealth’,
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Thomas Sevcik, ‘Can Cities be done in the Right Way: Food for Thoughts’,
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Plenary 6: Concluding Roundtable
18 June 2012 [16:00 - 18:00]
Christine Kessedes, ‘Helping Cities Turn Knowledge into Action: Developing the Capacity for Cities to Reform and Innovate’,
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Eduardo Lora, ‘A New Way of Monitoring the Quality of Urban Life’,
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Simon Snoxell, 'Development Assistance: Urbanization and Development'

Conference Papers

Parallel 1.1: Urbanization Diversity and Development
16 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Session organized by the European Development Research Network (EUDN)
Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis, 'Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives',
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Remi Jedwab, 'Why is African Urbanization Different? Evidence from Resource Exports in Ghana and Ivory Coast',
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Parallel 1.2: Japanese Award for Outstanding Research on Development
16 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Presentation by Finalists of the 2011 Global Development Awards Competition

Parallel 1.3: What’s the scoop about the poop?
16 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Session organized by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Ryan Cooper, 'Building a Brighter Future: A Randomized Experiment of Slum-Housing Upgrading in Mexico',
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Parallel 2.1: Japanese Award for the Most Innovative Development Project
16 June 2012 [14:00 - 16:00]
Presentation by Finalists of the 2011 Global Development Awards Competition

Parallel 2.2: Presentation by Finalists of the 2011 Global Development Medals Competition
16 June 2012 [14:00 - 16:00]
Theme 1: The Interactive Economy and Urban Development
Musiliu Adeolu Adewole, 'Schooling Externalities In Urban Nigeria: The Social Interactive Sources',
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Yeqing Huang, 'Dynamic Changes of Labour Market and Employment Opportunities of Migrant Workers in Transitional China: Evidences from Three Metropolises',
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Rupinder Kaur, 'Spatial Concentration/ Diversification: Comparative Analysis of Class I Cities Located Within and Outside Urban Agglomerations in India  (1991-2001)',
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Cuong Nguyen, 'Does Urbanization Help Poverty Reduction in Rural Areas? Evidence from a Developing Country',
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Zheng Xu, 'Agglomeration Shadow: A Non-Linear Core',
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Parallel 2.3: Presentation by Finalists of the 2011 Global Development Medals Competition
16 June 2012 [14:00 - 16:00]
Theme 2: Urban Externalities (Contagious Disease, Congestion and Crime) and Urban Poverty

Martin Benavides, 'Family Well-being, Women Attitudes and the Intergenerational Transmission of Violence in Urban Areas in Peru',
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Zhiming Cheng, 'Layoffs and Urban Poverty in the State-Owned Enterprise Communities in Shaanxi Province, China',
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Samik Chowdhury, 'Public Retreat, Private Expenses and Penury: A Study of Illness-Induced Impoverishment in Urban India',
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Berhanu Eskezia, 'The Incidence of Urban Poverty in the Female-Headed Households in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia',
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Filipe Lage de Sousa, 'Urban Externalities and Migration Flows',
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Parallel 3.1: Cities in Transition
17 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Session jointly organized by the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education-Economic Institute (CERGE-EI) and Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC)
Tatiana Mikhailova, 'Gulag, WWII and the Long-Run Patterns of Soviet City Growth',
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Uladzimir Valetka, 'City Growth Rates in Eastern European Transition Economies',
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Parallel 3.2: Urban Governance
17 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Session organized by the South Asia Network of Economic Research Institutes (SANEI)
Bishnu Dev Pant, 'Issues of Urban Governance in Nepal, with Special Reference to Kathmandu',
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Parallel 3.3: Presentation by Finalists of the 2011 Global Development Medals Competition
17 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Theme 3: The Enabling Environment – Housing, Transportation and Infrastructure

Rivayani Darmawan, 'Elite Capture in Urban Society: Evidence from Indonesia',
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Venkatesh Dutta, 'War on the Dream, How Land Use Dynamics and Peri-Urban Growth Characteristics of a Sprawling City Devour the Master Plan and Urban  Suitability?',
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Nestor Gandelman, 'Inter-Generational Effects of Titling Programs: Physical vs. Human Capital',
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Pritika Hingorani, 'Housing and Basic Infrastructure Services for All: A Conceptual Framework for Urban India',
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Gyana Ranjan Panda, 'Gender Responsive Budget Analysis in Water and Sanitation: A Study of Two Resettlement Colonies (Jhuggi Jhopri Clusters) in Delhi',
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Parallel 4.1: The Challenges of Rapid Urbanization in Latin America
17 June 2012 [14:00 - 15:30]
Session organized by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Parallel 4.2: Enabling Urbanization, Enabling Development in East Asia
17 June 2012 [14:00 - 15:30]
Session organized by the East Asian Development Network (EADN) and GDN Japan
Stella Luz A. Quimbo, 'Urbanization and Housing: Rethinking Urban Housing Policy in the Philippines' (with Toby Melissa C. Monsod),
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Yasuyuki Sawada, 'How does an Urban Disaster Differ from a Rural Disaster? A Comparison of Household Level Impacts of Kobe and Chuetsu Earthquakes and its Implications for Reconstruction of the Great East Japan Earthquake',
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Parallel 5.1: Measuring agglomeration effects and their implications
18 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Session organized by the Department of Economics, Central European University (CEU)
Sergey Lychagin, 'Spillovers, Absorptive Capacity and Agglomeration',
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Parallel 5.2: Roundtable on Sustainable and Smart Cities
18 June 2012 [11:30 - 13:00]
Session organized by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Finance

Parallel 6.1: Roundtable on Land use regulation and urban renewal in Latin America
18 June 2012 [14:00 - 15:30]
Session organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA)

Parallel 6.2: Urbanization in the Pacific
18 June 2012 [14:00 - 15:30]
Session organized by the Oceania Development Network (ODN)

 
Dr. Gerardo della Paolera, Former President, GDN

"Today, the phenomenal
speed of the urbanization process presents a challenge to maintain the very precious characteristic of cities as engines for social mobility
and inclusiveness."

 

Professor John Shattuck, President and Rector, CEU

"CEU and GDN are both committed to research and training for development and democracy that can address the many interrelated challenges facing the world today."