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Government quality and spatial inequality: A cross-country analysis

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  • Ezcurra, Roberto
  • Rodriguez-Pose, Andres

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This paper examines the relationship between government quality and spatial inequality across 46 countries over the period 1996-2006. The results of the analysis point to the existence of a negative and significant association between government quality and the magnitude of regional disparities. Countries with better quality of government register lower levels of spatial inequality. This finding is robust to the inclusion in the analysis of additional explanatory variables that may aff ect both regional disparities and governance outcomes. The observed link between government quality and spatial inequality is confirmed by various robustness tests.

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  • Ezcurra, Roberto & Rodriguez-Pose, Andres, 2013. "Government quality and spatial inequality: A cross-country analysis," CEPR Discussion Papers 9719, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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    government quality; spatial inequality;

    JEL classification:

    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)

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