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Impacts of national development and decentralization policies on regional income disparity in Korea

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  • Euijune Kim
  • Euijune Kim
  • Sung Woong Hong
  • Soo Jung Ha

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This paper analyzed the effects of national development and decentralization policies on the regional income disparity in Korea. It also attempted to test whether there was a structural change in the causal relationship between income inequality and its determinant factors. This study found that the degree of variation in regional incomes was positively correlated with the spatial distribution of decentralization instruments such as educational services, employment, infrastructure facilities, and information network variables. The effects of some decentralization policies on regional income inequality were fully realized within a period of three years. Finally, the impacts of the spatial decentralization of public goods on regional inequality fluctuated until the early 1980s but were stabilized as industrial restructuring and spatial reorganization progressed during the 1990s. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 37 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (02)
Pages: 79-91

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Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:37:y:2003:i:1:p:79-91

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  1. Yamamura, Eiji & Shin, Inyong & Kim, Hyunho, 2008. "The Cubic Form Hypothesis and the Flying Geese Pattern Hypothesis of Income Distribution: The Case of Korea," MPRA Paper 10219, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Lessmann, Christian, 2009. "Fiscal decentralization and regional disparity: Evidence from cross-section and panel data," Dresden Discussion Paper Series in Economics 08/09, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Economics.
  3. Christian Leßmann, 2006. "Fiscal Decentralization and Regional Disparity: A Panel Data Approach for OECD Countries," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Papers No. 25, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  4. Jaime Bonet, 2004. "Descentralización fiscal y disparidades en el ingreso regional: la experiencia colombiana," DOCUMENTOS DE TRABAJO SOBRE ECONOMÍA REGIONAL 002282, BANCO DE LA REPÚBLICA - ECONOMÍA REGIONAL.
  5. Akramov, Kamiljon T. & Asante, Felix Ankomah, 2009. "Decentralization and local public services in Ghana: Do geography and ethnic diversity matter?," IFPRI discussion papers 872, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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