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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Location, Search Costs and Youth Unemployment: Experimental Evidence from Transport Subsidies in Addis Ababa
Simon Franklin May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0199:
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Tags: job search; spatial mismatch; unemployment; cash constraints; urban; transpor
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
The Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History and the Role of Trade
J. Vernon Henderson, Tim Squires, Adam Storeygard and David Weil May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0198:
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Tags: agriculture; physical geography; development
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Enabled to Work: The Impact of Government Housing on Slum Dwellers in South Africa
Simon Franklin
May 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0197:
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Tags: housing; labour supply; time allocation; home production
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Building the City: Sunk Capital, Sequencing and Institutional Frictions
J. Vernon Henderson, Tanner Regan and Anthony J. Venables April 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0196:
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Tags: city; urban; urban growth; slum development; urban structure; urban form; housing investment; capital durability
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Subways and Urban Growth: Evidence from Earth
Marco Gonzalez-Navarro and Matthew A. Turner
April 2016
Paper No' SERCDO0195:
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Tags: subways; public transit; urban growth; urban decentralization
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Take What You Can: Property Rights, Contestability and Conflict
Thiemo Fetzer and Samuel Marden
April 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0194:
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Tags: property rights; land titling; conflict; deforestation
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Taking Care of the Budget? Practice-level Outcomes during Commissioning Reforms in England
Ted Pinchbeck
February 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0192:
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Tags: nhs reforms; commissioning; primary care; health care budgets
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
The (Displacement) Effects of Spatially Targeted Enterprise Initiatives: Evidence from UK LEGI
Elias Einiö and Henry G. Overman February 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0191:
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Tags: place-based policy; programme evaluation; displacement; employment; industrial policy
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SERC/Urban Programme Policy Paper
Powerhouse of Cards? Understanding the 'Northern Powerhouse'
Neil Lee
January 2016
Paper No' SERCPP014:
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Tags: agglomeration; rebalancing; northern powerhouse; north-south divide
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SERC/Urban Programme Discussion Paper
Why Does Birthplace Matter So Much? Sorting, Learning and Geography
Clément Bosquet and Henry G. Overman
January 2016
Paper No' SERCDP0190:
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Tags: place of birth; spatial sorting; lifetime mobility
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Saturday 30 April 2016

The Economist: The grip tightens

There is enough green-belt land in Greater London to build 1.6m houses at average densities, says Paul Cheshire of the London School of Economics (LSE) - about 30 times the number of new houses London needs a year. But opposition from homeowners is strong - especially from those near the green belt, who do not much like the thought of newcomers bringing down property prices. ... A plethora of other regulations also block development. By one count there are ten protected views of St Paul's Cathedral, including one from a specific oak tree on Hampstead Heath. This imposes severe restrictions on building height across the city. Population density in central London is about half New York's. According to Mr Cheshire and Christian Hilber, also of the LSE, restrictive planning policies inflate the price of office space in the West End by about 800%. A square foot there is twice as expensive as in midtown Manhattan.

This article was published by The Economist on April 30, 2016 Link to article here

Related links
Paul Cheshire webpage
Christian Hilber webpage
Urban Programme webpage