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[Photo: J. Vernon HENDERSON] Professor J. Vernon HENDERSON
Associate - Urban Programme
Tel:  02079556180
Email: J.V.Henderson@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: LSE  STC 506B

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J. Vernon Henderson joined the London School of Economics in September 2013 as School Professor of Economic Geography, having previously been Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University, USA. His research focuses on urbanization in developing countries, looking both within and across cities and regions. He is the co-PI of a major research project on urbanization policy in Africa, as well as globally, situated at LSE and Oxford. His current research looks at topics such as expressway development and city growth in China, the dynamics of investment in the built environment in cities, how colonial legacy affects sprawl and the spatial layout of cities, and the impact of democratization in Africa on city growth and health and education outcomes across the urban political hierarchy. His work is published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Science and Journal of Development Economics. He is co-editor of the Journal of Urban Economics and the Handbook of Regional and Urban Economics, and serves on a number of editorial boards. He is a founder and past President of the Urban Economics Association. Over the years, he has worked with governments in Asia and Africa directly or indirectly through institutions such as the World Bank or the McKinsey Global Institute on formulating urban policies.

CEP Publications:

  • Highways, Market Access and Urban Growth in China
    Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Loren Brandt, J. Vernon Henderson, Matthew A. Turner, Qinghua Zhang, June 2016
    Paper No' SERCDP0200: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • The Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History and the Role of Trade
    J. Vernon Henderson, Tim Squires, Adam Storeygard, David Weil, May 2016
    Paper No' SERCDP0198: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)

  • Building the City: Urban Transition and Institutional Frictions
    J. Vernon Henderson, Tanner Regan, Anthony J. Venables, April 2016
    Paper No' SERCDP0196: Read Abstract | Full paper (pdf)