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.