, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 407–416 | Cite as

Provincial disparities in levels of living: The case of Spain, 1970–1981

  • Barke Michael 


Regional inequalities in economic development in Spain are widely recognised, but similar patterns of levels of living have been less studied. Some of the general factors which might contribute to regional inequalities are discussed. Although it is difficult to identify their precise role, it is argued that the pattern of economic growth, the character of regional economic structures, population distribution and urbanisation, return migration, and the nature of Spanish regional and local government all contribute in varying ways to inequalities in levels of living in different regions. Furthermore, they suggest that such inequalities have persisted throughout the 1970's. The regional patterns are then described and trends of change between 1970 and 1981 examined. The evidence suggests that the decade saw a widening dichotomy in levels of living in Spain with the south and west showing deterioration and the N and E showing relative improvement.


Migration Economic Growth Economic Development Similar Pattern Environmental Management 
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  • Barke Michael 
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  1. 1.School of Geography and Environmental StudiesNewcastle upon Tyne PolytechnicNewcastle upon TyneEngland

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