Rising Spatial Disparities and Development

Kanbur, Ravi and Venables, Anthony J. (2005). Rising Spatial Disparities and Development. United Nations University Press.

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  • Author Kanbur, Ravi
    Venables, Anthony J.
    Title Rising Spatial Disparities and Development
    Volume/Issue No. 3
    Publication Date 2005-11-27
    Place of Publication Helsinki
    Publisher United Nations University Press
    Pages 7
    Language eng
    Abstract The UNU-WIDER project on ‘Spatial Disparities in Human Development’ has collected and analyzed evidence on the extent of spatial inequalities within developing countries. The studies find that spatial inequalities are high, with disparities between rural and urban areas, and also between geographically advantaged and disadvantaged regions. In many countries such disparities are increasing, partly as a consequence of the uneven impact of trade openness and globalization. While there are efficiency gains from the concentration of economic activity in urban centres and in coastal districts, the associated regional inequalities are a major contributor to overall inequality. They are particularly worrying if they align with political or ethnic divisions. What policy measures can be taken to assist lagging regions? Policies are needed both to facilitate de-concentration of existing centres (for example, by infrastructure investment) and to facilitate migration between regions.
    Copyright Holder United Nations University
    Copyright Year 2005
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISSN 1814802
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