Urban externalities and migration flows on neighboring cities

The influence of urban externalities on migration flows is an issue not yet fully covered by research literature. This research by Fillipe Lage de Sousa, Brazilian Development Bank, looks at how dwellings across cities are associated with urban externalities (i/.e. violence, congestion and entertainment). The paper, presented during the GDN’s 12th Annual Conference, finds that urban externalities affects migration not only locally but to neighboring cities as well.

De Sousa argues that urban poverty is generally higher in neighboring cities, so improving life standards in a large metropolitan area enables those with lower income to take advantage of the prosperous regions.


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