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Remi Jedwab

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George Washington University
Department of Economics,
Suite #310
2115 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994 9011
Email: jedwab@gwu.edu

Urban Encroachment in Asia

Makoko Slum in Lagos

Neza Chalco Itza Slum in Mexico City

Smog over Beijing

Giant Landfill in Jakarta

Kibera Slum in Nairobi

Overcrowded Rail Station in Mumbai

Skyline in Sao Paulo

Skyline in Shanghai

Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong

Bogota from Above

New York in the 1920s

Map of Paris circa 1422

 

Welcome to my website. I have been an Assistant Professor of Economics and International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington D.C. since 2012.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Primary Fields: Regional and Urban Economics, Development Economics, Economic History
Secondary Fields: Public Economics, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, Sub-Saharan Africa

WHAT’S NEW? The 3rd World Bank-GWU Research Conference on Urbanization and Poverty Reduction in Developing Countries will be held on 1 February 2016.

This year's topic will be: Climate Change and Sustainable Urbanization

The 2nd conference was held on 12 November 2014- Click here for the program

PUBLICATIONS

"The Value of Democracy: Evidence from Road Building in Kenya", with Robin Burgess (LSE), Edward Miguel (UC-Berkeley), Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern) and Gerard Padro-i-Miguel (LSE), American Economic Review 2015. Vol. 105 (6): 1817-51. Research Highlight on the AER website: Click Here
- Web Appendices: PDF

"The Permanent Effects of Transportation Revolutions in Poor Countries: Evidence from Africa", with Alexander Moradi (Sussex), Forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics.
- In the news (AFK Insider): Click Here
- Web Appendices: PDF

"Urbanization with and without Industrialization", with Douglas Gollin (University of Oxford) and Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), forthcoming in the Journal of Economic Growth
- Web Appendices: PDF

"History, Path Dependence and Development: Evidence from Colonial Railroads, Settlers and Cities in Kenya", with Edward Kerby (LSE) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex), conditionally accepted at the Economic Journal
- Web Appendices: PDF

"Urbanization without Growth in Historical Perspective", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), conditionally accepted at Explorations in Economic History
- In the news (The Atlantic - Citylab): Click Here

"Commodity Price Shocks and Child Outcomes: The 1990 Cocoa Crisis in Cote d'Ivoire", with Denis Cogneau (PSE). Economic Development and Cultural Change 2012. Vol. 60 (3): 507-534.

WORKING PAPERS

"Demography, Urbanization and Development: Rural Push, Urban Pull... and Urban Push?", with Luc Christiaensen (World Bank) and Marina Gindelsky (GWU), 2nd Round R&R / Conditionally Accepted at the Journal of Urban Economics
- Web Appendices: PDF

"The Mortality Transition, Malthusian Dynamics and the Rise of Poor Megacities", with Dietrich Vollrath (University of Houston), new version coming soon
- In the news (The Boston Globe): Click Here
- Web Appendices: PDF

"The Heterogeneous Effects of Transportation Investments: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa", with Adam Storeygard (Tufts), new version coming soon

"Bones, Bacteria and Breaks: The Effects of the Black Death on Urban Economic Development", with Mark Koyama (George Mason) and Noel Johnson (George Mason), new version coming soon

"Urbanization without Industrialization: Evidence from Consumption Cities in Africa", new version coming soon

BOOKS

"Is Structural Change Different in Sub-Saharan Africa? New Historical Evidence from Ghana", with Robert Darko Osei (ISSER), edited by Margaret McMillan, Laura Wallace and Dani Rodrik in Structural Transformation in Developing countries. Washington D.C.: The World Bank.

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

"Measuring Growth from the Ground", with Adam Storeygard (Tufts and LSE),

"Ethnic Favoritism and Road Building in Africa", with Ameet Morjaria (Northwestern)

"Trade, Population and the Rise of the Unskilled City", with Dietrich Vollrath (Houston)

"Cities of Workers and Cities of Babies", with Dietrich Vollrath (Houston) and Daniel Pereira (GWU)

"Sex and the City: On the Evolution of Urban Sex Ratios and Economic Development", with Dietrich Vollrath (Houston) and Daniel Pereira (GWU)

"Human Capital Externalities and City Growth: Evidence from Missions in Africa", with Felix Meier zu Selhausen (Sussex and Utrecht) and Alexander Moradi (Sussex),

GWU AND NON-GWU SEMINARS AND CONFERENCES

- I co-organize the GWU International Trade and Development Seminar.
- I have co-founded and I still co-organize three research conferences.
- I will organize a session on "Cities and Economic Development" at the WEHC in Kyoto (August 2015)
- I will co-organize a conference on the Economics and Political Economy of Africa in the Fall 2015.
- I will co-organize the 3rd World Bank-GWU Conference on Urbanization in the Spring 2016

GWU International Trade and Development Seminar, 2013-2015:

Development seminars in the Fall 2015: Marco Gonzalez-Navarro (Toronto), Filipe Campante (HKS), Claudio Ferraz (PUC-Rio), Craig McIntosh (UCSD), David Atkin (MIT), Lisa Cameron (Monash). Click here.

Development seminars in the Spring 2015: Dilip Mookherjee (Boston University), Hanan Jacoby (World Bank), Markus Goldstein (The World Bank), Xavier Gine (The World Bank), Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton) and Martina Björkman Nyqvist (Stockholm). Click here.

Development seminars in the Fall 2014: Chris Udry (Yale), David McKenzie (World Bank), Prashant Bharadwaj (UCSD), Quamrul Ashraf (Williams) and Monica Singhal (HKS). Click here.

Development seminars in the Spring 2014: Chris Blattman (Columbia), Shawn Cole (HBS), Molly Lipscomb (UVA), Hoyt Bleakley (Chicago and Princeton) and Sheetal Sekhri (UVA). Click here.

Development seminars in the Fall 2013: Juan Vargas (Rosario), Michael Kremer (Harvard), James Robinson (Harvard), Jenny Aker (Tufts), David Weil (Brown) and Adam Storeygard (Tufts). Click here.

World Bank-GWU Research Conference on Urbanization and Poverty Reduction, 2013-2016:

The 3rd conference will be held on 1 February 2016 (World Bank Headquarters).

The 2nd conference was held on 12 November 2014 (World Bank Headquarters). Click here.

The 1st conference was held on 13-14 May 2013 (World Bank Headquarters). Click here.

Washington Area Development Economic Symposium, 2013-2015:

WADES 2016, TBD (University of Virginia). Click here.

WADES 2015, on 24 April 2015 (Georgetown University). Click here.

WADES 2014, on 26 April 2014 (University of Maryland). Click here.

WADES 2013, on 20 April 2013 (George Washington University). Click here.

GMU-GWU Economic History Workshop, 2014-2015:

EHW 2015, on 26 August 2015 (George Mason University). Click here.

EHW 2015, on 8 January 2015 (George Mason University). Click here.

EHW 2014, on 27 August 2014 (George Mason University). Click here.

Research Conference on the Economics and Political Economy of Africa, Spring 2016:

Fall 2015, Details coming soon

World Economic History Congress in Kyoto, Japan (3-7 August 2015):

Session on "Cities and Economic Development". Click here.