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Spatial Disparities in Human Development: Perspectives from Asia
Edited by Ravi Kanbur, Anthony J. Venables, and Guanghua Wan
ISBN 92-808-1122-3
January 2006
  260 pages
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  • Description
    Spatial inequality is a dimension of overall inequality, but it has added significance when spatial and regional divisions align with political and ethnic tensions to undermine social and political stability. This book contains a selection of papers from the UNU-WIDER conference on Spatial Disparities in Asia, held in March 2003 at UNU headquarters in Tokyo. It focuses on poverty and inequality, which are directly related to the Millennium Development Goals.

    Specifically, it is a cross-country study, covering a number of countries and regions that are attracting considerable professional and political attention such as China, Russia and Central Asian countries. It addresses a wide range of issues including conflict-inequality interlinkages, poverty mapping, causes and consequences of inequality. In so doing it applies the latest research techniques such as regression-based decomposition, poverty decomposition and computable general equilibrium models.

    Containing theoretical and empirical contributions by some of the most prominent economists in the area of inequality and development studies this book will be of interests to economists, sociologists and policymakers in Asia and elsewhere.

    Ravi Kanbur is the T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs and professor of economics at Cornell University. Anthony J. Venables is a professor of international economics at the London School of Economics, Director of the globalization programme at the LSE Centre for Economic Performance, and research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Guanghua Wan is a senior research fellow and project director at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki.


  • Preface
  • Spatial disparities in human development: An overview of the Asian evidence
  • Poverty mapping with aggregate census data: What is the loss in precision?
  • A decomposition analysis of regional poverty in Russia
  • Trade Liberalization and Spatial Inequality: A Methodological Innovation in
  • Vietnamese Perspective
  • Fifty years of regional inequality in China: A journey through central planning, reform, and openness
  • Income Inequality in Rural China: Regression-based Decomposition Using Household data
  • Divergent means and convergent inequality of incomes among the provinces and cities of urban China
  • Industrial location and spatial inequality: Theory and evidence from India
  • Spatial horizontal inequality and the maoist insurgency in Nepal
  • Changes in spatial income inequality in the Philippines: An exploratory analysis
  • Spatial inequality and development in central Asia
  • Decomposing spatial difference in poverty in India
  • Commune-level estimation of poverty measures and its application to Cambodia


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  • Arsenio M. Balisacan
  • Bob Baulch
  • Sanjoy Chakravorty
  • Shatakshee Dhongde
  • Tomoki Fujii
  • Nobuhiko Fuwa
  • Scott Gates
  • Henning Tarp Jensen
  • Ravi Kanbur John Knight
  • Stanislav Kolenikov
  • Somik Lall
  • Nicholas Minot
  • S. Mansoob Murshed, Richard Pomfret, Zhao Renwei, Li Shi, Anthony Shorrocks
  • Finn Tarp
  • Anthony J. Venables
  • Guanghua Wan
  • Xiao Zhang
  • Zhangyue Zhou

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