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Dhaka's Changing Landscape: Prospects for Economic Development, Social Change, and Shared Prosperity

Rita Afsar and Mahabub Hossain


Between 1991 and 2010, Dhaka’s population more than doubled to 15 million. Simultaneously, the city’s contribution to the national economy almost trebled. Clearly, population growth was accompanied by an unmistakable trend of economic growth, and a significant decline in urban poverty and income inequality. On the other hand, Dhaka’s high population density exacerbated serious environmental challenges, and it was soon ranked as one of the world’s least livable cities. In the context of these contradictory signals of rapid urbanization, Dhaka’s Changing Landscape sets to answer three most intri ... More

Keywords: urbanization, urban poverty, shared prosperity, slum, non-slum, quality of life, sustainability matters, rural−urban linkage, longitudinal data, human capital, occupational mobility, modernization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190121112
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190121112.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rita Afsar, author
Research Fellow (Hon), Faculty of Arts, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia

Mahabub Hossain, author
Advisor, Executive Director, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), Dhaka, Bangladesh