World Bank-Cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia: A Story of Urban Growth and Decline-continued

November 29, 2017--The urbanization experience of countries across Eastern Europe and Central Asia is quite unique, and for several reasons.
To begin with, most of these countries attained high-urbanization levels under a centrally-planned system, in which non-economic factors were pivotal in shaping the spatial distribution of both the population and economic activities.

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