J. Vernon Henderson

Centre for Economic Performance
London School of Economics
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London UK WC2A2AE
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NBER Working Papers and Publications

May 2020Urbanization in the Developing World: Too Early or Too Slow?
with Matthew A. Turner: w27201

Published: J. Vernon Henderson & Matthew A. Turner, 2020. "Urbanization in the Developing World: Too Early or Too Slow?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, vol 34(3), pages 150-173. citation courtesy of

May 2018Does Investment in National Highways Help or Hurt Hinterland City Growth?
with Nathaniel Baum-Snow, Matthew A. Turner, Qinghua Zhang, Loren Brandt: w24596

Published: Nathaniel Baum-Snow & J. Vernon Henderson & Matthew A. Turner & Qinghua Zhang & Loren Brandt, 2018. "Does Investment in National Highways Help or Hurt Hinterland City Growth?," Journal of Urban Economics, . citation courtesy of

April 2016The Global Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History, and the Role of Trade
with Tim L. Squires, Adam Storeygard, David N. Weil: w22145

Published: J Vernon Henderson & Tim Squires & Adam Storeygard & David Weil, 2018. "The Global Distribution of Economic Activity: Nature, History, and the Role of Trade1," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 133(1), pages 357-406. citation courtesy of

December 2011Organization of Disaster Aid Delivery: Spending Your Donations
with Yong Suk Lee: w17707

Published: J. Vernon Henderson & Yong Suk Lee, 2015. "Organization of Disaster Aid Delivery: Spending Your Donations," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 63(4), pages 617 - 664. citation courtesy of

July 2009Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space
with Adam Storeygard, David N. Weil: w15199

Published: J. Vernon Henderson & Adam Storeygard & David N. Weil, 2012. "Measuring Economic Growth from Outer Space," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 102(2), pages 994-1028, April. citation courtesy of

June 2009China's Land Market Auctions: Evidence of Corruption
with Hongbin Cai, Qinghua Zhang: w15067

Published: Hongbin Cai & J. Vernon Henderson & Qinghua Zhang, 2013. "China's land market auctions: evidence of corruption?," RAND Journal of Economics, RAND Corporation, vol. 44(3), pages 488-521, 09. citation courtesy of

June 2008Exclusionary Policies in Urban Development, How under-servicing of migrant households affects the growth and composition of Brazilian cities
with Leo Feler: w14136

Published: “Exclusionary Policies in Urban Development,” with Leo Feler Journal of Urban Economics, 2011, 69, 253-272

February 2008The Dynamics of City Formation
with Anthony Venables: w13769

Published: Vernon Henderson & Anthony Venables, 2009. "Dynamics of city formation," Review of Economic Dynamics, Elsevier for the Society for Economic Dynamics, vol. 12(2), pages 233-254, April.

March 2006"Sick of Local Government Corruption? Vote Islamic"
with Ari Kuncoro: w12110
August 2005Determinants of City Growth in Brazil
with Daniel da Mata, U. Deichmann, Somik V. Lall, H.G. Wang: w11585

Published: da Mata, D. & Deichmann, U. & Henderson, J.V. & Lall, S.V. & Wang, H.G., 2007. "Determinants of city growth in Brazil," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(2), pages 252-272, September. citation courtesy of

August 2004Corruption in Indonesia
with Ari Kuncoro: w10674
January 2002How Migration Restrictions Limit Agglomeration and Productivity in China
with Chun-Chung Au: w8707

Published: Au, Chun-Chung and J. Vernon Henderson. "How Migration Restrictions Limit Agglomeration And Productivity In China," Journal of Development Economics, 2006, v80(1,Jun), 350-388. citation courtesy of

January 2001Costs of Air Quality Regulation
with Randy A. Becker
in Behavioral and Distributional Effects of Environmental Policy, Carlo Carraro and Gilbert E. Metcalf, editors
January 2000The Effects of Urban Concentration on Economic Growth

Published: Published as "Community Development: The Effects of Growth and Uncertainty", American Economic Review, Vol. 70, no. 5 (1980): 894-910.

September 1999Marshall's Economies
August 1999Costs of Air Quality Regulation
with Randy A. Becker: w7308


  • Published as "Effects of Air Quality Regulation", American Economic Review, Vol. 86, no. 4 (September 1996): 789-813.
  • Camaro, C.,and G. Metcalf (eds.) Distributional and Behavioral Effects of Environmental Policy. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001.

September 1997Effects of Air Quality Regulation on in Polluting Industries
with Randy Becker: w6160


April 1997Urban Growth
with Duncan Black: w6008

Published: "The Theory of Urban Growth," Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 107 (1999): 252-284.

May 1995Effects of Air Quality Regulation

Published: American Economic Review, 1996, 86, pp.789-813. citation courtesy of

May 1994Externalities and Industrial Development

Published: Journal of Urban Economics, Vol. 47 (1997): 449-470. citation courtesy of

October 1992Industrial Development in Cities
with Ari Kuncoro, Matthew Turner: w4178

Published: Journal of Political Economy, 1995, 103, pp.1067-1090. citation courtesy of

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