Henderson, Vernon

Professor Vernon Henderson  

Department

Position held

School Professor of Economic Geography

 

Experience keywords:

Economic geography; Regional economics; Spatial and economic development; Urban economics; Urbanisation

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Vernon Henderson joined the LSE in September 2013, having previously been Eastman Professor of Political Economy at Brown University, USA.

Vernon’s research focuses on urbanization in developing countries. He has on-going work in Indonesia and China, covering topics to do with urbanization but also land markets, infrastructure investment, corruption, and disaster aid delivery.

He has recent work on urbanization in Sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on migration and climate change. His work is published in journals such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science and the Rand Journal of Economics. His teaching interests include urban economics, urbanization in developing countries, and the economics of China. Vernon 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 President of the Urban Economics Association. Recent research has been funded by the World Bank, National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation. He has provided recent policy advice to China, India, and other developing countries either directly or through the World Bank and McKinsey.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Asia; China

Contact Points

Publications

2017

Glaeser, Edward and Henderson, J. Vernon (2017) Urban economics for the developing world: an introduction Journal of Urban Economics, 98. 1-5. ISSN 0094-1190

Baum-Snow, Nathaniel and Brandt, Loren and Henderson, J. Vernon and Turner, Matthew A. and Zhang, Qinghua (2017) Roads, railroads and decentralization of Chinese cities The Review of Economics and Statistics, 99 (3). 435-448. ISSN 0034-6535

Chen, Ying and Henderson, J. Vernon and Cai, Wei (2017) Political favoritism in China’s capital markets and its effect on city sizes Journal of Urban Economics, 98. 69-87. ISSN 0094-1190

Henderson, J. Vernon and Storeygard, Adam and Deichmann, Uwe (2017) Has climate change driven urbanization in Africa? Journal of Development Economics, 124. 60-82. ISSN 0304-3878

Freire, Tiago and Henderson, J. Vernon and Kuncoro, Ari (2017) Volunteerism after the tsunami: the effects of democratization World Bank Economic Review, 31 (1). 176-195. ISSN 0258-6770

Henderson, Vernon and Squires, Tim and Storeygard, Adam and Weil, David (2017) The global distribution of economic activity: nature, history, and the role of trade The Quarterly Journal of Economics. ISSN 0033-5533

2016

Henderson, Vernon and Venables, Anthony J. and Regan, Tanner and Samsonov, Ilia (2016) Building functional cities Science, 352 (6288). 946. ISSN 0036-8075

Henderson, J. Vernon and Regan, Tanner and Venables, Anthony J. (2016) Building the city: sunk capital, sequencing andinstitutional frictions SERC discussion papers, SERCDP0196. Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.

Henderson, J. Vernon and Squires, Tim and Storeygard, Adam and Weil, David (2016) The global spatial distribution of economic activity:nature, history and the role of trade SERC discussion papers, SERCDP0198. Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.

2013

Cai, Hongbin and Henderson, J. Vernon and Zhang, Qinghua (2013) China's land market auctions: evidence of corruption? The RAND Journal of Economics, 44 (3). 488-521. ISSN 0741-6261

2012

Henderson, J. Vernon and Storeygard, Adam and Weil, David N. (2012) Measuring economic growth from outer space American Economic Review, 102 (2). 994-1028. ISSN 0002-8282

2011

Henderson, J. Vernon and Kuncoro, Ari (2011) Corruption and local democratization in Indonesia: the role of Islamic parties Journal of Development Economics, 94 (2). 164-180. ISSN 0304-3878

Feler, Leo and Henderson, J. Vernon (2011) Exclusionary policies in urban development: under-servicing migrant households in Brazilian cities Journal of Urban Economics, 69 (3). 253-272. ISSN 0094-1190

2010

Henderson, J. Vernon (2010) Cities and development Journal of Regional Science, 50 (1). 515-540. ISSN 0022-4146

2009

Henderson, Vernon and Venables, Anthony J. (2009) The dynamics of city formation Review of Economic Dynamics, 12 (2). 233-254. ISSN 1096-6099

2008

Henderson, J. Vernon and Ono, Yukako (2008) Where do manufacturing firms locate their headquarters? Journal of Urban Economics, 63 (2). 431-450. ISSN 0094-1190

Davis, James C. and Henderson, J. Vernon (2008) The agglomeration of headquarters Regional Science and Urban Economics, 38 (5). 445-460. ISSN 0166-0462

Arzaghi, Mohammed and Henderson, J. Vernon (2008) Networking off Madison Avenue Review of Economic Studies, 75 (4). 1011-1038. ISSN 0034-6527

2007

Henderson, J. Vernon (2007) Understanding knowledge spillovers Regional Science and Urban Economics, 37 (4). 497-508. ISSN 0166-0462

Henderson, J. Vernon and Wang, Hyoung Gun (2007) Urbanization and city growth: the role of institutions Regional Science and Urban Economics, 37 (3). 283-313. ISSN 0166-0462

da Mata, D. and Deichmann, U. and Henderson, J. V. and Lall, S. V. and Wang, H. G. (2007) Determinants of city growth in Brazil Journal of Urban Economics, 62 (2). 252-272. ISSN 0094-1190

Aarland, Kristin and Davis, James C. and Henderson, J. Vernon and Ono, Yukako (2007) Spatial organization of firms: the decision to split production and administration RAND Journal of Economics, 38 (2). 480-494. ISSN 0741-6261

2006

Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon (2006) Are Chinese cities too small? Review of Economic Studies, 73 (3). 549-576. ISSN 0034-6527

Au, Chun-Chung and Henderson, J. Vernon (2006) How migration restrictions limit agglomeration and productivity in China Journal of Development Economics, 80 (2). 350-388. ISSN 0304-3878

2005

Henderson, J. Vernon and Wang, Hyoung Gun (2005) Aspects of the rural-urban transformation of countries Journal of Economic Geography, 5 (1). 23-42. ISSN 1468-2702

Arzaghi, Mohammed and Henderson, J. Vernon (2005) Why countries are fiscally decentralizing Journal of Public Economics, 89 (7). 1157-1189. ISSN 0047-2727

2003

Henderson, J. Vernon (2003) Marshall's scale economies Journal of Urban Economics, 53 (1). 1-28. ISSN 0094-1190

Davis, James C. and Henderson, J. Vernon (2003) Evidence on the political economy of the urbanization process Journal of Urban Economics, 53 (1). 98-125. ISSN 0094-1190

Black, Duncan and Henderson, Vernon (2003) Urban evolution in the USA Journal of Economic Geography, 3 (4). 343-373. ISSN 1468-2702

Henderson, Vernon (2003) The urbanization process and economic growth: the so-what question Journal of Economic Growth, 8 (1). 47-71. ISSN 1381-4338

2002

Becker, R. and Henderson, Vernon (2002) Effects of air quality regulations on polluting industries In: Gray, W. B., (ed.) Economic Costs and Consequences of Environmental Regulation. Ashgate, Aldershot. ISBN 9780754621928

Henderson, Vernon (2002) Urban primacy, external costs, and quality of life Resource and Energy Economics, 24 (1-2). 95-106. ISSN 0928-7655

2001

Henderson, J. Vernon and Shalizi, Zmarak and Venables, Tony (2001) Geography and development Journal of Economic Geography, 1 (1). 81-106. ISSN 1468-2702

Henderson, J. Vernon and Thisse, Jacques-François (2001) On strategic community development Journal of Political Economy, 109 (3). 546-568. ISSN 0022-3808

Henderson, Vernon and Lee, Todd and Lee, Yung Joon (2001) Scale externalities in Korea Journal of Urban Economics, 49 (3). 479-504. ISSN 0094-1190

2000

Henderson, Vernon and Becker, Randy (2000) Political economy of city sizes and formation Journal of Urban Economics, 48 (3). 453-484. ISSN 0094-1190

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Awards

Fellow of Regional Science Association International, elected 2004 Leverhulme Foundation, 2004 Earhart Foundation 1986 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation 1984-85

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