Urban Land Markets

Improving Land Management for Successful Urbanization

  • Somik V. Lall
  • Mila Freire
  • Belinda Yuen
  • Robin Rajack
  • Jean-Jacques Helluin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Land Markets, Regulation, and Welfare

  3. Land Market Policies and the Urban Poor

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Alain Durand-Lasserve, Harris Selod
      Pages 101-132
    3. Basab Dasgupta, Somik V. Lall
      Pages 225-251
    4. Maria da Piedade Morais, Bruno de Oliveira Cruz
      Pages 253-282
    5. Emilio Haddad, João Fernando Pires Meyer
      Pages 283-302
  4. Public Land Management

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 399-408

About this book


The challenge of facilitating economic density is fundamental for successful urbanization. Flexible and forward-looking institutions that help the efficient functioning of land markets are vital in this respect. In particular, institutional arrangements for regulating land use, managing public land and allocating land rights have significant implications for how cities deliver agglomeration economies and improve the welfare of their residents.

This book provides fresh insights into these issues, compiling selected pieces of analytical and empirical research presented at the World Bank's Fourth Urban Research Symposium on Urban Land Use and Land Markets, held in Washington, DC, May 2007. Specially commissioned papers helped develop a robust analytical foundation to clarify ongoing debates on urban land management and welfare and synthesized the political and administrative challenges of improving the efficiency of urban land markets. Among the questions that this book addresses are:

- Does more public intervention in land markets produce more affordable land market outcomes?

- Do conventional approaches to strengthening property rights bolster security of tenure and market transactions?

- How should governments go about integrating informal settlements with the broader city economy?


Developing Countries developed and developing countries formal and informal markets housing conditions impact evaluation of land use interventions infrastructure policy debates urban land use and land markets urban poor

Editors and affiliations

  • Somik V. Lall
    • 1
  • Mila Freire
    • 1
  • Belinda Yuen
    • 2
  • Robin Rajack
    • 1
  • Jean-Jacques Helluin
    • 1
  1. 1.World BankWashington DCUSA
  2. 2.School of Design & EnvironmentNational University of SingaporeSingapore

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8862-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-8861-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-8862-9
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