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Selod, Harris

Works: 40 works in 153 publications in 2 languages and 1,261 library holdings
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Most widely held works by Harris Selod
Rural-urban migration in developing countries a survey of theoretical predictions and empirical findings by Somik V Lall( )

11 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The migration of labor from rural to urban areas is an important part of the urbanization process in developing countries. Even though it has been the focus of abundant research over the past five decades, some key policy questions have not found clear answers yet. To what extent is internal migration a desirable phenomenon and under what circumstances? Should governments intervene and, if so, with what types of interventions? What should be their policy objectives? To shed light on these important issues, the authors survey the existing theoretical models and their conflicting policy implications and discuss the policies that may be justified based on recent relevant empirical studies. A key limitation is that much of the empirical literature does not provide structural tests of the theoretical models, but only provides partial findings that can support or invalidate intuitions and in that sense, support or invalidate the policy implications of the models. The authors' broad assessment of the literature is that migration can be beneficial or at least be turned into a beneficial phenomenon so that in general migration restrictions are not desirable. They also identify some data issues and research topics which merit further investigation. "--World Bank web site
Location and education in South African cities under and after Apartheid by Harris Selod( Book )

9 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What drives the global land rush? by Rabah Arezki( Book )

19 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper studies the determinants of foreign land acquisition for large-scale agriculture. To do so, gravity models are estimated using data on bilateral investment relationships, together with newly constructed indicators of agro-ecological suitability in areas with low population density as well as land rights security. Results confirm the central role of agro-ecological potential as a pull factor. In contrast to the literature on foreign investment in general, the quality of the business climate is insignificant whereas weak land governance and tenure security for current users make countries more attractive for investors. Implications for policy are discussed. -- land acquisition ; large-scale agriculture ; foreign investments agro-ecological potential ; land availability ; land governance ; property rights
Spatial mismatch : from the hypothesis to the theories by Laurent Gobillon( Book )

10 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

City structure, job search and labour discrimination : theory and policy implications by Harris Selod( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Private versus public schools in post-Apartheid South African cities : theory and policy implications by Harris Selod( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The effect of location on finding a job in the greater Paris area by Laurent Gobillon( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mechanisms of spatial mismatch by Laurent Gobillon( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The political economy of urban transport system choice by Jan K Brueckner( Book )

5 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do unemployed workers benefit from enterprise zones? : the French experience by Laurent Gobillon( Book )

9 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and German and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper is a statistical evaluation of the 1997 enterprise zone program in France. We investigate whether the program increased the pace at which unemployed workers residing in targeted municipalities and surrounding areas find employment. The work relies on a two-stage analysis of unemployment spells drawn from an exhaustive dataset over the 1993-2003 period in the Paris region. We first estimate a duration model stratified by municipalities in order to recover semester-specific municipality effects net of individual observed heterogeneity. These effects are estimated both before and after the implementation of the program, allowing us to construct variants of difference-in-difference estimators of the impact of the program at the municipality level. Following extensive robustness checks, we conclude that enterprise zones have a very small but significant effect on the rate at which unemployed workers find a job. The effect remains localized and is shown to be significant only in the short run
A theory of urban squatting and land-tenure formalization in developing countries by Jan K Brueckner( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper offers a new theoretical approach to urban squatting, reflecting the view that squatters and formal residents compete for land within a city. The key implication of this view is that squatters 'squeeze' the formal market, raising the price paid by formal residents. The squatter organizer, however, ensures that this squeezing is not too severe, since otherwise the formal price will rise to a level that invites eviction by landowners (defensive expenditures by squatter households also help to forestall eviction). Because eviction is thus absent in equilibrium, the model differs crucially from previous analytical frameworks, where eviction occurs with some probability
The effect of segregation and spatial mismatch on unemployment: evidence from France by Laurent Gobillon( Book )

5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The effect of location on finding a job in the Paris Region by Laurent Gobillon( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The land governance assessment framework : identifying and monitoring good practice in the land sector by Klaus W Deininger( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Increased global demand for land posits the need for well-designed country-level land policies to protect long-held rights, facilitate land access and address any constraints that land policy may pose for broader growth. While the implementation of land reforms can be a lengthy process, the need to swiftly identify key land policy challenges and devise responses that allow the monitoring of progress, in a way that minimizes conflicts and supports broader development goals, is clear. The Land Governance Assessment Framework (LGAF) makes a substantive contribution to the land sector by providing a quick and innovative tool to monitor land governance at the country level. The LGAF offers a comprehensive diagnostic tool that covers five main areas for policy intervention: Legal and institutional framework; Land use planning, management and taxation; Management of public land; Public provision of land information; and Dispute resolution and conflict management. The LGAF assesses these areas through a set of detailed indicators that are rated on a scale of pre-coded statements (from lack of good governance to good practice). While land governance can be highly technical in nature and tends to be addressed in a partial and sporadic manner, the LGAF posits a tool for a comprehensive assessment, taking into account the broad range of issues that land governance encompasses, while enabling those unfamiliar with land to grasp its full complexity. The LGAF will make it possible for policymakers to make sense of the technical levels of the land sector, benchmark governance, identify areas that require further attention and monitor progress. It is intended to assist countries in prioritizing reforms in the land sector by providing a holistic diagnostic review that can inform policy dialogue in a clear and targeted manner. In addition to presenting the LGAF tool, this book includes detailed case studies on its implementation in five selected countries: Peru, the Kyrgyz Republic, Ethiopia, Indonesia and Tanzania.--Résumé de l'éditeur
Land delivery systems in West African cities : the example of Bamako, Mali by Alain Durand-Lasserve( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Urban and peri-urban land markets in rapidly expanding West African cities operate within and across different coexisting tenure regimes and involve complex procedures to obtain or make land available for housing. Because a structured framework lacks for the analysis of such systems, this book proposes a systemic approach and applies it to Bamako and its surrounding areas. The framework revolves around the description of land delivery channels: starting from the status of tenure when the land is first placed in circulation for residential use, it identifies the processes whereby tenure can be
Roads and Rural Development in Sub-Saharan Africa by Claudia Berg( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper assesses the relation between access to markets and cultivated land in Sub-Saharan Africa. Making use of a geo-referenced panel over three decades (1970-2005) during which the road network was significantly improved, the analysis finds a modest but significant positive association between increased market accessibility and local cropland expansion. It also finds that cropland expansion, in turn, is associated with a small but significant increase in local gross domestic product. These results are suggestive of agricultural activities that develop at the extensive margin, which are mostly to serve local demand, but are not indicative of commercial agriculture that serves external markets
Formalizing rural land rights in West Africa : early evidence from a randomized impact evaluation in Benin( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper presents early evidence from the first large-scale randomized-controlled trial of a land formalization program. The study examines the links between land demarcation and investment in rural Benin in light of a model of agricultural production under insecure tenure. The demarcation process involved communities in the mapping and attribution of land rights; cornerstones marked parcel boundaries and offered lasting landmarks. Consistent with the model, improved tenure security under demarcation induces a shift toward long-term investment on treated parcels. This investment does not yet coincide with gains in agricultural productivity. The analysis also identifies significant gender-specific effects. Female-managed landholdings in treated villages are more likely to be left fallow--an important soil fertility investment. Women further respond to an exogenous tenure security change by moving production away from relatively secure, demarcated land and toward less secure land outside the village to guard those parcels
Children Left Behind in China : the Role of School Fees by Hai-Anh Dang( )

2 editions published in 2016 in Undetermined and English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The barriers faced by Chinese rural-urban migrants to access social services, particularly education, in host cities could help explain why the majority of migrants choose to leave their children behind. This paper proposes a theoretical framework that allows for an explicit discussion of the link between school fees and the decision of migrant parents to bring their children to the city. The analysis instruments the endogenous school fees with unexpected shocks to the city's public education spending, and empirically tests the theoretical predictions. The findings suggest that higher fees deter migrant workers from bringing their children, especially their daughters; reduce the number of children they bring; and increase educational remittances to rural areas for the children left behind. Increases in school fees most affect vulnerable migrant workers, and are likely to have stronger impacts during an economic crisis. These findings hold for different model specifications and robustness checks
Urbanization and property rights by Yongyang Cai( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Since the industrial revolution, the economic development of Western Europe and North America was characterized by continuous urbanization accompanied by a gradual phasing-in of urban land property rights over time. Today, however, the evidence in many fast urbanizing low-income countries points towards a different trend of "urbanization without formalization", with potentially adverse effects on long-term economic growth. This paper aims to understand the causes and the consequences of this phenomenon, and whether informal city growth could be a transitory or a persistent feature of developing economies. A dynamic stochastic equilibrium model of a representative city is developed, which explicitly accounts for the joint dynamics of land property rights and urbanization. The calibrated baseline model describes a city that first grows informally, with the growth of individual incomes leading to a phased-in purchase of property rights in subsequent periods. The model demonstrates that land tenure informality does not necessarily vanish in the long term, and the social optimum does not necessarily imply a fully formal city, neither in the transition, nor in the long run. The welfare effects of policies, such as reducing the cost of land tenure formalization, or protecting informal dwellers against evictions are subsequently investigated, throughout the short-term transition and in the long-term stationary state
A Systemic Analysis of Land Markets and Land Institutions in West African Cities : Rules and Practices - The Case of Bamako, Mali by Alain Durand-Lasserve( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper presents a new type of land market analysis relevant to cities with plural tenure systems as in West Africa. The methodology hinges on a systemic analysis of land delivery channels, which helps to show how land is initially made available for circulation, how tenure can be formalized incrementally, and the different means whereby households can access land. The analysis is applied to the area of Bamako in Mali, where information was collected through (i) interviews with key informants, (ii) a literature review on land policies, public allocations, and customary transfers of land, (iii) a press review on land disputes, and (iv) a survey of more than 1,600 land transfers of un-built plots that occurred between 2009 and 2012. The analysis finds that land is mostly accessed through an informal customary channel, whereby peri-urban land is transformed from agricultural to residential use, and through a public channel, which involves the administrative allocation of residential plots to households. The integrated analysis of land markets and land institutions stresses the complexity of procedures and the extra-legality of practices that strongly affect the functioning of formal and informal markets and make access to land costly and insecure, with negative social, economic, and environmental impacts over the long term
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