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Urban Externalities in the Small Developing Countries of Asia and Latin America: A Comparative Case Study Analysis of Squatter Settlements in Nepal (Kathmandu) and Ecuador (Quito)

Urban squatter settlements contribute to economic growth, but what are their costs to society?  The primary objective of this study is to quantify the negative externalities of squatter settlements in Nepal and Ecuador in terms of incidence, intensity, and household costs.

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Urbanization Processes and Urban Morphology in the Periphery of Capitalism: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte

This study is an urban morphology comparative study between four southern cities: São Paulo, Jakarta, Hanoi and Belo Horizonte. It aims to disclose common spatial consequences of similar urban development processes, using urban morphology, or the study of the process of formation and transformation of human settlements.

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Location of the Poor: Neighborhood Versus Household Characteristics: The Case of Bogotá

This paper examines the behavioral drivers of location-decisions made by citizens of Colombia in Bogota, to attempt a definition of segregation without debating ethics.

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Trade and Growth Nexus in South Korea: Analysis Using Vector Error Correction Model and Granger Causality Test

This study examines the connection between trade and economic growth in South Korea, where trade has been an important sector of the country’s economy.

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Knowledge Economy Gaps, Policy Syndromes and Catch-up Strategies: Fresh South Korean Lessons to Africa

South Korea’s “economic miracle” was largely due to a knowledge-based development strategy that holds valuable lessons for African countries in their current pursuit towards knowledge economies. Africa’s overall knowledge index fell between 2000 and 2009. Using updated data (1996-2010), this paper presents fresh South Korean lessons to Africa by assessing knowledge economy gaps.

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Are Conditional Government Transfers a Politically Acceptable Form of Redistribution?

The paper presents evidence that the characteristics of the policy instrument can affect the level of support, even if they have no impact on its net-redistributive cost. It employs survey experiments in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Turkey to determine whether making government transfers conditional on the behavior of beneficiaries increases support for these transfers among non-beneficiaries.

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Reconnecting the Peripheral Wagons to the Euro Area Core Locomotive: Mission Impossible?

This paper investigates the drivers of shock synchronization using quarterly data for 27 European countries over the period 199-2013, comparing the “core” euro area  (the euro area locomotive) with non-core EU member states and EU candidate countries (the peripheral wagons).

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Resources mobilization by Self-Help approach to Rural Development Program in Vietnam: Lessons from Saemaul Undong in Korea

Since the introduction of the Doi Moi policy in 1986, Vietnam has witnessed high economic growth accompanied by rapid urbanization, but an increasing gap between rural and urban areas. This study compares and contrasts rural development in Vietnam with Korea.

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Land Reform and Poverty in Kenya

Land is the foundation of Kenya’s development, as recognized by two recent highly publicized government documents. This paper studies how land tenure reform has impacted on poverty reduction, using the Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey

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Lessons for ASEAN Countries Stuck in a “Middle-Income Trap” from Korea’s Economic Development & Institutions

This paper analyzes this phenomenon, known as the middle-income trap (MIT), with a particular focus on the select ASEAN countries of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

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