The Global Development Network Working Paper Series disseminates GDN-funded research by combining the best research produced by GDN researchers and contributions from leading scholars.

Access to Water, Time Allocation and Income in Rural India
Author : Hans Binswanger-Mkhize, Sharmistha Nag and Hari K. Nagarajan
Date : September 2013
Description : This paper demonstrates that investments made to improve the supply and management of water reduces the time spent by both men and women in fetching water. This in turn leads to the reallocation of the time saved (from fetching water) to productive activities, resulting in increased incomes.
Managing Healthcare Provision and Health Outcomes through Local Governance
Author : Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, Hari K. Nagarajan and Kailash C. Pradhan
Date : September 2013
Description : The paper explores whether the devolution of responsibilities and finances to local governments in India produced positive impacts on the health status and incomes of men and women. The study uses a national dataset with details on health, health-seeking behavior and local governance for its analysis.
Civil Society Participation and Education Spending of Philippine Cities
Author : Joy Aceron, Rafaela David, Maien Vital, Julius Santos and Krisna Parrera
Date : September 2013
Description : The paper presents the result of the exploratory research conducted by a research team of Ateneo School of Government to study the impact of civil society participation on the responsiveness of local spending for education.
Varieties of Governance, Varying Outcomes
Author : Omkar Joshi and Hari K. Nagarajan
Date : September 2013
Description : This paper – using the ARIS/REDS data sets of NCAER and qualitative methods – explores the impact of empowering the local governments such as the Panchayats to assume the role of service providers.
Suburbanization and Inequality in Transport Mobility in Yaoundé, Cameroon: Drawing Public Policy for African Cities
Author : Ongolo Zogo Valérie and Boniface Ngah Epo
Date : September 2013
Description : This study sets to explore the nature of inequality in mobility in the metropolitan region of Yaoundé city using data from the urban displacement plan, to identify pertinent orientations in the transfer of competencies towards local councils.
Decentralization, Fiscal Effort and Social Progress in Colombia at the Municipal Level, 1994-2009: Why Does National Politics Matter?
Author : Fabio Sánchez Torres and Mónica Pachón
Date : July 2013
Description : The paper explores the relationship between political competition and effective public goods delivery systems in a decentralized context to study whether the awareness generated through such a competitive environment and the existence of more political options are a part of the causal mechanisms for effective governance.
Urbanization Processes and Urban Morphology in the Periphery of Capitalism: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte
Author : Eliana Rosa de Queiroz Barbosa, Patrícia Capanema Alvares Fernandes and Nguyen Thanh Tú
Date : July 2013
Description : This research is a comparative study of the economic development, planning processes and the resulting urban morphology of four different cities: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte, aiming to disclose the spatial outcomes of peripheral development.
Land Use Regulations and Urbanization in the Developing World: Evidence from over 600 Cities
Author : Paavo Monkkonen and Lucas Ronconi
Date : July 2013
Description : Theoretical predictions of negative impacts of stringent land use regulation on urbanization outcomes have contributed to reform efforts around the world. This research presents a series of stylized facts about the prevalence, determinants and impacts of land use regulation in Asia, Latin America, and the rest of the world.
Congestion Charge in São Paulo City: Likely Traffic Effects
Author : Claudio Lucinda, Bruno Ledo and Leandro Meyer
Date : July 2013
Description : Aiming to reduce vehicles traffic in the downtown of Sao Paulo (Brazil), a circulation restriction policy known by "rodizio" (or "rotation") was implemented in 1998. The paper aims to estimate the welfare and traffic effects of a hypothetical congestion charge in São Paulo.
Location of the Poor: Neighborhood Versus Household Characteristics: The Case of Bogotá
Author : Juliana Aguilar and Tito Yepes
Date : July 2013
Description : In Latin American cities there is a high correlation between the location chosen by poor households and their income level. Results question the emphasis that local social policies pay to improve spaces while they could have a greater impact on welfare conditions giving more relevance to the portable assets of the poor.
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