Government Quality and Spatial Inequality: A Cross-Country Analysis

42 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2013

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Roberto Ezcurra

University of Navarra

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment

Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

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 affect both regional disparities and governance outcomes. The observed link between government quality and spatial inequality is confirmed by various robustness tests.

Keywords: government quality, spatial inequality

JEL Classification: H11, R12

Suggested Citation

Ezcurra, Roberto and Rodríguez-Pose, Andrés, Government Quality and Spatial Inequality: A Cross-Country Analysis (November 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2351326

Roberto Ezcurra (Contact Author)

University of Navarra ( email )

Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

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