Jane Jacobs on Development

Oxford Development Studies, Forthcoming

16 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2004


Jane Jacobs is best known as a writer about cities and as a vigorous critic of urban planning. The purpose of this paper is to suggest that she should be read as a writer on economic development who focuses on cities as the principal sites of development. The recently upsurge of interest in migration policies and development is taken as the entry point into her work, e.g., to explain why poverty reduction through remittances will tend to be nondevelopmental. Her ecologically-inspired tangled bank conception of development as growth through differentiation is used to elucidate a number of developmental issues. It also shows how the spin-off conundrum of multiproduct diversification is important to industrial development policies. Several examples are outlined of how that problem has been approached.

Keywords: Jane Jacobs, development, migration, spin-offs

JEL Classification: O1, R1, D2

Suggested Citation

Ellerman, David, Jane Jacobs on Development. Oxford Development Studies, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=549981

David Ellerman (Contact Author)

University of Ljubljana ( email )

School of Social Science
Ljubljana, CA

HOME PAGE: http://www.ellerman.org

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