World Development Report 2009
Somik V. Lall, an Indian national, is a Senior Economist with the Spatial and Local Development Team of the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Network, and core team member of the World Development Report 2009: Reshaping Economic Geography. Until February 2007, Somik worked for the World Bank’s research department where his research focused empirical analysis of agglomeration economies and transport infrastructure on location decisions and productivity of businesses and identifying mechanisms for providing and financing local public goods in fiscally stressed urban areas. His research has spanned a range of developing countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Mexico, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Somik holds a B.S. in Engineering, Masters in City and Regional Planning, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy.