K02
Spatial inequality in the Global South (Paper)

Convenors:
Abdul-Gafaru Abdulai (University of Ghana Business School)
Badru Bukenya (Makerere University)
Chiara Cazzuffi (RIMISP - Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo Rural)
Cristian Leyton (RIMISP - Latin American Center for Rural Development)
Stream:
K: Uneven urban and sub-national development
Location:
G5
Start time:
27 June, 2018 at 16:00
Session slots:
1

Short abstract:

This panel seeks to collect new evidence on (a) the magnitude of spatial inequality in developing regions; (b) the local and aggregate costs that spatial inequality generates; c) the political economy drivers of spatial inequality; (d) examples of successful policies to address spatial inequality.

Long abstract:

Amidst growing attention to inequalities in recent years, spatial inequalities have been of particular concern not only because of the conflicts they often engender, but also because they constitute a large component of overall inequality in many developing countries. Indeed, at the heart of the development crisis in many African countries today has been the problem of spatial inequality, in which public services, state capacity, and household wealth are unevenly distributed across geographical units within countries. This panel seeks to collect new evidence on (a) the magnitude of spatial inequality in developing regions; (b) the local and aggregate costs that spatial inequality generates, including (but not limited to) in terms of conflict and slower growth and poverty reduction; (c) the political economy drivers of spatial inequality, and d) examples of successful policies that have addressed spatial inequality. On c), we are particularly interested in political economy factors which remain poorly understood in view of the dominance of techno-economic explanations in much of current literature on the question of why spatial inequalities emerge and persist overtime.