Is Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa Different?

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Policy Research Working Papers
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Henderson, J. Vernon
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Roberts, Mark
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Storeygard, Adam
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2013-09-26T14:16:04Z
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2013-09-26T14:16:04Z
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2013-06
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2021-04-23T14:03:23Z
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In the past dozen years, a literature has developed arguing that urbanization has unfolded differently in post-independence Sub-Saharan Africa than in the rest of the developing world, with implications for African economic growth overall. While African countries are more urbanized than other countries at comparable levels of income, it is well-recognized that total and sector gross domestic product data are of very low quality, especially in Africa. When instead viewed from the perspective of effective technology, as suggested in endogenous growth frameworks (and as proxied by educational attainment), the African urbanization experience overall matches global patterns. There are differences, however, at the sector level. Agricultural trade effects that improve farm prices deter African urbanization, while they promote urbanization elsewhere. Potential reasons include differences in land ownership institutions and the likelihood of agricultural surpluses being invested in urban production. Positive shocks to modern manufacturing spur urbanization in the rest of the developing world, but effects are dependent on the level of development. Thus many countries in Africa, with their lower level of development, do not respond to these shocks. Finally, historical indicators of the potential for good institutions promote urbanization both inside and outside Africa.
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2013/06/17854956/urbanization-sub-saharan-africa-different-urbanization-sub-saharan-africa-different
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http://hdl.handle.net/10986/15842
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English
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en_US
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World Bank, Washington, DC
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Policy Research Working Paper;No. 6481
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CC BY 3.0 IGO
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World Bank
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http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo/
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ACCESS TO CAPITAL MARKETS
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ADULT POPULATION
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AGRICULTURAL OUTPUT
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AGRICULTURAL SHOCK
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AGRICULTURAL SHOCKS
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AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES
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AGRICULTURE
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AUCTIONS
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BENCHMARKING
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BILATERAL TRADE
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BIRTH CONTROL
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BIRTH RATES
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BUSINESSES
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CAPABILITY
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CAPITAL ACCUMULATION
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CAPITAL ALLOCATIONS
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CAPITAL INVESTMENT
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CAPITAL MARKET
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CAPITAL MARKETS
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CASH SETTLEMENT
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CD
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CD-ROM
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CENSUSES
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CHANGE IN POPULATION
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CITIZENS
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CITY POPULATION
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CIVIL WAR
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CLOSED ECONOMY
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COLLATERAL
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COMMODITIES
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COMMODITY
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COMMODITY EXPORTS
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COMMODITY PRICE
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COMMODITY PRICES
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CONSUMERS
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CPI
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CUSTOMS
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CUSTOMS UNION
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DATA DEFINITION
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DEATH RATES
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DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
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DEVELOPING COUNTRY
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DEVELOPMENT POLICY
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DISCOUNT RATE
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DIVIDEND
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ECONOMETRIC ANALYSIS
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
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ECONOMIC GROWTH
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ECONOMIC HISTORY
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ECONOMIC RESEARCH
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EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT
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ELASTICITY
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ELDERLY
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ENTERPRISE SURVEYS
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EQUIPMENT
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EXCHANGE RATE
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EXCHANGE RATES
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EXTERNAL TRADE
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EXTERNALITIES
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FERTILITY
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FERTILITY RATES
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FINANCIAL SUPPORT
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FIXED COSTS
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FIXED PRICES
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FUNCTIONAL FORMS
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GDP
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GDP PER CAPITA
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GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT
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GROWTH MODELS
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GROWTH RATES
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HEALTH FACILITIES
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HUMAN CAPITAL
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IMMIGRANT
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IMMIGRATION
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INCOME
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INCOME EFFECT
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INCOME LEVELS
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INCOMES
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INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT
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INDUSTRIALIZATION
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INSTITUTION
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INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE
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LABOR COSTS
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LABOR FORCE
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LABOR MARKET
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LABOR PRODUCTIVITY
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LAND OWNERSHIP
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LAND TENURE
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LEGAL SYSTEMS
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LESS DEVELOPED COUNTRIES
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LEVEL OF DEVELOPMENT
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MACROECONOMICS
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MANUFACTURING
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MARGINAL PRODUCT
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MARKET PRICES
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MARKETING
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METALS
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MIGRANT
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MIGRANTS
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MISSING VALUES
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NATIONAL INCOME
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NATIONAL POPULATION
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NATURAL GAS
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NATURAL RESOURCE
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NATURAL RESOURCES
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NETWORKS
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OIL
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OPEN ACCESS
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OPEN ECONOMY
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OUTPUT
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OVERVALUATION
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OWNERSHIP OF LAND
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OWNERSHIP STRUCTURES
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PC
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POLICY DISCUSSIONS
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POLICY RESEARCH
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POLICY RESEARCH WORKING PAPER
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POLITICAL ECONOMY
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POLITICAL REGIME
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POLITICAL SUPPORT
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POPULATION ESTIMATES
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POPULATION GROWTH
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POPULATION GROWTH RATE
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PRICE CHANGES
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PRICE SERIES
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PRIMARY SCHOOL
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PROCUREMENT
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PRODUCT CATEGORIES
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PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGY
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PRODUCTIVITY GROWTH
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PROGRESS
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PROPERTY RIGHTS
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PUBLIC EDUCATION
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PUBLIC GOODS
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PURCHASING POWER
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PURCHASING POWER PARITY
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QUALITY OF HEALTH CARE
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RAPID POPULATION GROWTH
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RATE OF GROWTH
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REAL GDP
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REAL INCOME
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RENT SEEKING
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RESPECT
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RESULT
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RESULTS
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RETAIL SERVICES
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ROLE OF INSTITUTIONS
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RURAL AREAS
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RURAL POPULATIONS
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RURAL PRODUCTION
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RURAL RESIDENTS
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SAVINGS
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SCALE EFFECTS
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SECONDARY SCHOOLING
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SEX
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SKILL LEVEL
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SMALL COUNTRY
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STRUCTURAL CHANGE
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TAXATION
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TECHNOLOGICAL PROGRESS
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TELECOMMUNICATIONS
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TERMS OF TRADE
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TIME PERIOD
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TIME PERIODS
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TRADE DATABASE
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UNEMPLOYMENT
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URBAN AREAS
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URBAN BIAS
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URBAN DEVELOPMENT
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URBAN MIGRATION
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URBAN POPULATION
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URBANIZATION
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USERS
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UTILITY FUNCTION
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VALUE ADDED
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WAGES
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WAR
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WEB
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WORLD DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS
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WORLD ECONOMY
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WORLD TRADE
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Is Urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa Different?
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2013-06-01
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Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
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Publications & Research
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http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2013/06/17854956/urbanization-sub-saharan-africa-different-urbanization-sub-saharan-africa-different
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Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management
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Environment and Natural Resources
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Transport and ICT
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Health, Nutrition, and Population
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Trade and Competitiveness
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10.1596/1813-9450-6481
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000158349_20130613091900
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17854956
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WPS6481
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http://www-wds.worldbank.org/external/default/WDSContentServer/WDSP/IB/2013/06/13/000158349_20130613091900/Rendered/PDF/WPS6481.pdf
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Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa
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Public Administration, Law, and Justice :: General public administration sector
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Urban development :: Other urban development
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Private Sector Development :: E-Business
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Health, Nutrition and Population :: Population Policies
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Private Sector Development :: Emerging Markets
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Economic Theory and Research
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Environmental Economics and Policies
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Macroeconomics and Economic Growth
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Environment
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Environment and Energy Team
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