Fostering Growth and Inclusion in Asia’s Cities, a study appearing in Asian Development Bank’s flagship publication, the Asian Development Outlook 2019 Update, highlights how urbanisation can foster economic growth and inclusion in Asia’s cities. To enjoy the economic benefits of agglomeration, cities must function as a labour market, which in turn requires sound urban planning, efficient public transport, and affordable housing. As cities become more connected with one another through flows of goods, services, and people, better planning coordination is needed at all levels of government. The presentation will pose and try to answer the following questions:
- What policy options and reforms are needed to ensure that Asia’s urbanisation fosters growth and inclusion?
- How can Asian cities overcome challenges in land-use planning and also ensure greater coordination with investments in urban transport?
- Should local government units be incentivised and empowered to play a greater role in economic planning?
- How can Asia’s city clusters—a key aspect of the region’s urbanisation over the last two decades—adopt more effective systems of metropolitan governance?
About the Speaker
Rana Hasan is the Director of the Economic Analysis and Operational Support Division in the Asian Development Bank’s Economic Research and Regional Coordination Department. His research has focused on understanding how market-oriented economic reforms affect labor market outcomes and industrial performance in the Asia-Pacific region and has been published in various journals including the Journal of Development Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and World Development. He has also co-edited two volumes on trade and labour related issues. Rana has previously worked at the East-West Center (USA) and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.