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Cities of Dragons and Elephants: Urbanization and Urban Development in China and India

Guanghua Wan and Ming Lu


This book offers a systematic and comparative study on urbanization and urban development in China and India. Contributed by a team of top experts from China and India, it contains original research papers that have not been published. The study aims at addressing two most fundamental issues of urbanization: why and where to urbanize. The first issue relates to the speed and scale of urbanization and the second issue relates to urban systems or spatial distribution of urbanites in different-sized cities. To answer these two questions, the book examines various drivers and compares the benefits ... More

Keywords: Urbanization, urban living, factor markets, government, urban system, Zipf’s law, China, India

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198829225
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829225.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guanghua Wan, editor
Professor and Director, Institute of World Economy, Fudan University

Ming Lu, editor
Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director, Shanghai Institute for National Economy; Research Fellow, China Institute of Urban Governance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University

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Part I Urbanization and Rural Development

Part II Urban System

Part III Migration

Part IV Land and Housing

Part V Capital Flow and FDI

Part VI Infrastructure

Part VII Human Capital

Part VIII Congestion and Pollution

17 Congestion and Pollution in Chinese Cities

Siqi Zheng, Cong Sun, Jianghao Wang, and Xiaoke Hu

Part IX Poverty and Inequality in Urbanization

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