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Economics of slums in developing countries

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description of the economics in the developing countries, either why it's exist and why it remains and why does it always contradict with the government strategies in the upgrading with the slums area and it economic in order to make it apart of the community's economic.

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Economics of slums in developing countries

  1. 1. Economics of Slums In Developing Countries
  2. 2. Slums Definition: Informal settlements in and around cities that has been involved by rural migration to these areas. Characteristics: • Poor quality of housing. • A lack of adequate living space and public services. • Insecure tenure.
  3. 3. Argument Provide historical and contemporary facts to argue that the type of poverty observed in contemporary slums of the developing world is characteristic of that described in the literature on poverty traps.
  4. 4. Discussion • Is there is a relationship between (urban-economic-slum) growth? • Is there an improvement in standard of living in slums? • Why policy always fall?
  5. 5. Slums as Poverty Traps • The human capital threshold effect. • Investment inertia. • Policy trap
  6. 6. Human Capital • Education: Universal free primary education laws have reduced disparities in access to education between rural and urban settings. • Health: 1. No private latrine. 2. No source of private water. 3. No garbage collection. Slum dwellers may find themselves trapped in a low-skilled and low-income equilibrium as the continuous influx of rural migration.
  7. 7. Investment Inertia • Property rights: Without formal land titles, dwellers lack to incentives to improve the quality of their homes and neighborhoods. • Large private investments: Concurrence of overcrowding and low marginal returns from small upgrading investments. • High rent premiums: Dwellers must pay to live in close proximity to the city, and which reduce opportunities for savings accumulation. • Governance gap (absence): Land and housing markets are often controlled by a handful of powerful or well- connected individuals. • Todaro paradox: Slum living standards cannot be improved without generating an additional influx of rural migrants, which in turn depresses public and private investments in the existing settlements
  8. 8. The Policy Trap • Political commitment: Without political willing and support for reducing the prevalence of slums, the problem still remains. • Distorts the weight of slums in the political process: Policy interventions are impossible to plan without accurate population numbers. • Political corruption catering to the interests of the silent majority of slum dwellers might not even be in the best interest of the people in charge in the slum.
  9. 9. Slums and Economic Development
  10. 10. Slums and Economic Development • Slum growth in a cross-country perspective. • Slum growth in an intergenerational perspective.
  11. 11. Slum growth in a cross- country perspective Question: Is there a functional relationship between economic growth, urban growth and prevalence of slums? • In a cross-country regression framework, the prevalence of slums in any given country was significantly correlated with a variety of aggregate economic indicators, including GDP per capita (negatively), the debt stock and debt service, and inequality measured by the Gini coefficient (positively). • However, cross-country correlations overlook widely heterogeneous situations, as rapid urbanization rates in developing countries are often not associated with fast economic growth.
  12. 12. It appears that the connection between economic growth and slum growth across countries is quite diverse, without a uniform pattern.
  13. 13. Slum growth in an intergenerational perspective Question: Is there evidence that standards of living are improving within slums, and across generations of slum dwellers? • Living standards do not seem to be improving over time. • Households that improved their condition over the period may no longer live in the slum, while other poor households may have migrated into the slum.
  14. 14. Limitations of Past Approaches in Slum Policy In this section, we discuss what policy approaches towards slums have been taken and why these approaches have been largely unsuccessful. • Eviction. • Benign Neglect. • Aided Self-help. • Land titling .
  15. 15. Evictions it is quite clear that slum clearance does not address the roots of the slum problem.
  16. 16. Benign Neglect • No policing of squatters. • No provision of public services. • Policy makers “the market will take care of it”.
  17. 17. Aided Self-help Urban poor find creative solutions to improve their live hoods as long as the government improve the local environment (basic structure).
  18. 18. seem an adequateDidn’t policy lever to transform slum conditions in a meaningful way
  19. 19. Land titling paradigm • Home investment become safer for poor house holds • Slum house hold become able to access credit market to finance investment to create small business and educate their children
  20. 20. However, • Titling programs alone cannot be expected to lift households out of poverty and to overhaul existing social and economic dynamics within the slum, because existing systems of ownership act to preserve these dynamics. • In fact, land titling is more likely to benefit the “slumlords” and hurt, at the bottom of the pyramid, the slum renters, either in the form of outright evictions or increased rents in the titled area.
  21. 21. Conclusion • Yet the challenge of slums is not simply one of housing policy: a holistic approach is needed to address housing needs for rural migrants, health and sanitation issues, local governance, private savings and investments, and land market institutions. • Both formal and informal systems of property rights may be necessary to curb the rapid growth of slum areas worldwide. • In the absence of strong policy agendas similar to those, it seems unlikely that slums will disappear in the foreseeable future. • Without a political willingness to change governance dynamics in slum areas, to deal with the actors who have taken these land in the absence of the government.
  22. 22. Reference • Benjamin Marx, Thomas Stoker, and Tavneet Suri.2013. “ The Economics of Slums in The Developing world.” Journal of Economic Perspectives—Volume 27, Number 4—Fall 2013—Pages 187–210

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