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Spatial Dichotomies in Indonesia's Regional Development


  • Yogi Vidyattama

    () (NATSEM, University of Canberra)


For many years there has been a debate about the extent to which large spatial gaps in development exist in Indonesia, especially between the eastern and western parts of the country. To contribute to this issue, this study examines the significance of Indonesia’s spatial development distribution using regional GDP per capita and the Human Development Index as development indicators. Although the results from this study confirm that there are clusters of high and low developed areas within Indonesia, clusters of high regional GDP per capita are spreading in mining areas in both eastern and western Indonesia. Nevertheless, the distribution of the HDI confirms to some extent the existence of a spatial development gap in Indonesia.

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  • Yogi Vidyattama, 2012. "Spatial Dichotomies in Indonesia's Regional Development," NATSEM Working Paper Series 12/19, University of Canberra, National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling.
  • Handle: RePEc:cba:wpaper:wp1119

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    1. Nijkamp, Peter & Rietveld, Piet & Salomon, Ilan, 1990. "Barriers in Spatial Interactions and Communications: A Conceptual Exploration," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer;Western Regional Science Association, vol. 24(4), pages 237-252.
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    Regional Indonesia; Regional Development; Spatial Distribution;

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