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Cities, growth and poverty: evidence review

Lee, Neil and Sissons, Paul and Hughes, Ceri and Green, Anne and Atfield, Gaby and Adam, Duncan and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés (2014) Cities, growth and poverty: evidence review. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, York, UK. ISBN 9781859359976

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Abstract

Cities are drivers of economic growth, but how does growth affect poverty? This report explores the connection between growth and poverty in UK cities, and examines how strategies for economic growth and poverty reduction can be aligned. The report finds that: - There is no guarantee that economic growth will reduce poverty – in some economically expanding cities poverty has stayed the same or increased; - Employment growth has the greatest impact on poverty, but if jobs are low-paid or go to workers living outside the area, the impact is minimal; - Increased output risks worsening poverty because it can lead to increases in the cost of living; - Some cities are tackling this by promoting employment in expanding sectors or providing training for disadvantaged groups so they can access opportunities associated with major infrastructure projects.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www.jrf.org.uk/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Work Foundation Alliance Limited
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2014 10:47
Last Modified: 21 Feb 2014 10:47
Funders: Joseph Rowntree Foundation
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/55799

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