Significance of Slum Dwelling Worker Commuting Distance in Hyderabad, India Slums

Open Access
Author:
Suhr, Christine Lois
Area of Honors:
Economics
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Michael David Gechter, Thesis Supervisor
  • Russell Paul Chuderewicz, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • Economics
  • India
  • Urban Transportation
  • Hyderabad
  • Slums
  • Development Economics
  • Commute Distance
  • Public Transportation
  • Buses
  • Trains
Abstract:
Many regions and groups focus on urban transportation development to benefit urban residents in crowded Indian cities. In this thesis, I explore whether urban transportation development can benefit slum-dwellers. If true, then urban transportation development could reduce the frequency of slums and enhance the conditions of slums. I compare my analysis of Hyderabad slums to a study about Mumbai workers by Baker et al. (2005). I find that train stations, but not bus stations, more significantly affect the percentage share of worker commuting distances. Therefore, Hyderabad is moving in the right direction with train infrastructure growth the past few years and in the near future. This will benefit slum workers.