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La desigualdad económica entre las regiones de Colombia, 1926-2016




Este documento estima la actividad económica regional observada durante el siglo XX en Colombia. Se hace un recuento de los factores que incidieron sobre el desempeño económico de las regiones, entre los cuales se considera la baja integración de los mercados locales y el desarrollo tardío de la infraestructura de transporte. Dado que las cifras oficiales de producción regional sólo están disponibles para las últimas tres décadas, se presenta una estimación de la actividad económica para seis regiones colombianas durante el siglo XX. Dicha estimación permite la aplicación de técnicas de análisis de convergencia regional, como las realizadas por Robert Barro y Xavier Sala-i-Martin. Se concluye que Colombia es un país donde no se ha observado un proceso de convergencia regional del producto per cápita. La producción se concentra en las regiones cercanas al centro del país, mientras que las regiones periféricas como las costas Caribe y Pacífica presentan una disminución en términos relativos en su actividad económica per cápita. **** ABSTRACT: This paper estimates regional economic activity in Colombia during the 20th century. Some factors that influenced the development of regional inequalities in economic activity are, among others, the low regional integration because of the late development of transport infrastructure. Given that official data on economic activity is only available for the last three decades, we present an estimation of regional production for the 20th century. These estimations are then used to discuss the absence of regional convergence in the country. Well-known techniques used in the literature of economic convergence are applied, such as those proposed by Robert Barro and Xavier Sala-i-Martin. We conclude that the central regions in Colombia have improved in terms of their per capita economic production, while peripheral regions, such as the Caribbean and Pacific coasts, have lagged in relative terms.

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  • Lucas Wilfried Hahn-De-Castro & Adolfo Meisel-Roca, 2018. "La desigualdad económica entre las regiones de Colombia, 1926-2016," Cuadernos de Historia Económica 47, Banco de la Republica de Colombia.
  • Handle: RePEc:bdr:cheedt:47
    DOI: 10.32468/chee.47

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    Siglo XX; Convergencia regional; Colombia; Siglo XX; Convergencia regional; Colombia;

    JEL classification:

    • N96 - Economic History - - Regional and Urban History - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • O18 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Urban, Rural, Regional, and Transportation Analysis; Housing; Infrastructure
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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