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The UNU-Wider project on ‘Spatial disparities in development’, directed by Ravi Kanburand Anthony J. Venables, has analyzed evidence on the extent of spatial inequalities inover 50 developing countries. The peer reviewed papers published under the auspices ofthe project find that spatial inequalities are high, with disparities between rural and urbanareas, and also between geographically advantaged and disadvantaged regions. In manycountries such disparities are increasing, partly as a consequence of the uneven impact oftrade openness and globalization. While there are efficiency gains from the concentrationof economic activity in urban centers and in coastal districts, the associated regionalinequalities are a major contributor to overall inequality. They are particularly worrying ifthey align with political or ethnic divisions. The broad outline of appropriate policy formanaging high and rising spatial disparities is also clear. The case for policy interventionsto ensure a more spatially equitable allocation of infrastructure and public services, and forpolicies to ensure freer migration, has been made powerfully in the papers in this project.

Subject(s): International Development

Issue Date: 2005-09

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

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Total Pages: 19

Series Statement: WP 2005-23

Record appears in: Cornell University > Department of Applied Economics and Management > Working Papers

Autor: Kanbur, Ravi ; Venables, Anthony J.


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