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Title Poor Places, Thriving People : How the Middle East and North Africa Can Rise above Spatial Disparities
Published Washington, D.C. : World Bank, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiii, 363 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Mena development report
MENA development report.
Contents Overview -- The political demand: spatial equity without compromising productivity -- Diagnose to prescribe. Uncovering the truth about spatial disparities -- Policy package 1: levelling the playing field and investing in people -- Policy package 2: connectivity -- making spillovers work for poor places -- Policy package 3: from subsidies to clusters -- the new approach to local economic development -- Proximity for all: public institutions for spatial policies
Summary Geographical differences in living standards are a pressing concern for policy makers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Production is most efficient when concentrated in leading areas. So how can the region reduce spatial disparities in well-being without compromising growth? Poor Places, Thriving People addresses this compelling issue
Poor Places, Thriving People will be of interest to policy makers in government and in international organizations and individuals in research institutions and universities who work in economic policy, regional and rural policy, and social development. --Book Jacket
The solution to spatial disparities lies in matching the policy package to a lagging area's specific characteristics. Is the lagging area problem really as serious as one thinks? Is it a problem of low economic opportunity or of poor human development? Are lagging area populations close enough to agglomerations to benefit from spillovers? Is there a realistic chance of private investment? Drawing on the World Bank's 2009 World Development Report: Reshaping Economic Geography, the authors propose three policy packages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Industrial location -- Africa, North.
Industrial location -- Middle East.
Space in economics.
Africa, North -- Economic conditions -- Regional disparities.
Middle East -- Economic conditions -- Regional disparities.
Form Electronic book
Author World Bank.
ISBN 0821383213 (electronic bk.)
0821384236 (electronic bk.)
9780821383216 (electronic bk.)
9780821384237 (electronic bk.)