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Spatial Inequality in Social Progress in Bangladesh


  • Zulfiqar Ali
  • Binayak Sen


The paper tracks spatial inequality in social progress in Bangladesh as evidenced from the district level data. It uses a multivariate framework to explore the differential pace of social progress at the spatial level. The “instructive†outliers and deviants are identified in terms of underachievers and overachievers compared with the benchmark predicted by the level of aggregate affluence. The paper then draws upon discussions to coalesce a local contextual story about the possible reasons for such unexpected deviations from the general pattern. The paper concludes that the extent of spatial inequality in social development has decreased over the second half of the nineties although the overall level of inequality remains considerable. Policy implications are drawn for attacking spatial chronic poverty.[PRCPB Working Paper No. 7]

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  • Zulfiqar Ali & Binayak Sen, 2010. "Spatial Inequality in Social Progress in Bangladesh," Working Papers id:2529, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2529
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    1. Sudhir Anand & Martin Ravallion, 1993. "Human Development in Poor Countries: On the Role of Private Incomes and Public Services," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 7(1), pages 133-150, Winter.
    2. Ravallion, Martin & Wodon, Quentin, 1997. "Poor areas, or only poor people?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1798, The World Bank.
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    spatial; inequality; multivariate framework; spatial level; instructive; benchmark; coalesce;

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    • A10 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - General

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