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Planning ahead for better neighborhoods: long run evidence from Tanzania

Michaels, Guy, Nigmatulina, Dzhamilya, Rauch, Ferdinand, Regan, Tanner, Baruah, Neeraj and Dahlstrand Rudin, Amanda (2020) Planning ahead for better neighborhoods: long run evidence from Tanzania. Journal of Political Economy. 0 - 0. ISSN 0022-3808 (In Press)

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Identification Number: 10.1086/714119


Africa’s demand for urban housing is soaring, even as it faces a proliferation of slums. In this setting, can modest infrastructure investments in greenfield areas where people subsequently build their own houses facilitate long run neighborhood development? We study "Sites and Services" projects implemented in seven Tanzanian cities during the 1970s and 1980s, and we use a spatial regression discontinuity design to compare greenfield areas that were treated (“de novo”) to nearby greenfield areas that were not. We find that by the 2010s, de novo areas developed into neighborhoods with larger and more regularly laid out buildings and better quality housing.

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Additional Information: © 2020 The University of Chicago
Divisions: Economics
School of Public Policy
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Geography & Environment
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2020 00:36
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2021 23:17

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