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    Better Cities, Better Growth: India’s Urban Opportunity


    Better Cities, Better Growth: India’s Urban Opportunity

    India is experiencing an urban transformation. Given the rapidity of change and the long-lived nature of urban form and infrastructure, the decisions that India’s policy-makers take in the next 5–15 years will lock in its urban pathway for decades to come. Better, smarter urban growth could be an economic opportunity for India worth up to 6% of GDP by 2050, with significant savings at the household level, according to the latest research from the New Climate Economy (NCE).

    Authored by DCRP professor Meenu Tewari and Nick Godfrey, NCE Head of Policy and Urban Development, this report provides new analysis across 479 Indian cities – using an innovative combination of satellite data of night-time lights, census, environmental, and economic data – which demonstrates a clear link between more compact, connected urban growth and stronger economic performance in India, corroborating global findings.

    Better Cities, Better Growth: India’s Urban Opportunity
    (Meenu Tewari, Nick Godfrey)

    The paper was prepared in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Global Spatial Research Program on Spatial Development of Cities at the World Bank.

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