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Cost of being a slum dweller in Nairobi: Living under dismal conditions but still paying a housing rent premium

Debabrata Talukdar

World Development, 2018, vol. 109, issue C, 42-56

Abstract: The UN notes that the current global slum population of nearly one billion not only reflects “a rather unacceptable contemporary reality, but one whose numbers are continuously swelling.” Not surprisingly, its latest global development priorities, announced through its Sustainable Development Goals agenda in 2015, emphasize addressing the slum challenge in developing countries as a major goal. Our study focuses on gaining an in-depth understanding of the nature and extent of such slum challenge faced by Nairobi. Specifically, using data from a recent (2012–13) statistically representative survey, we conduct a systematic empirical analysis of the rental housing market conditions faced by households living in slum versus formal areas of Nairobi. Our analysis findings establish relevant benchmarking for key policy relevant measures against which to evaluate the efficacy of new policy initiatives.

Keywords: Informal housing markets; Rent premiums; Slums; Kenya; Sub-Saharan Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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