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Territorial Inequality and Regional Policy in Chile

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In their book on regional inequalities in small nations, Felsenstein and Portnov (2005) state that during a seminar held at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1957, Simon Kuznets argued that small nations had had more success than larger ones with distributing the fruits of growth among their inhabitants. In order to make this claim, he compared Scandinavian countries and Switzerland as examples of more equal distribution to nations like France, Germany and even the United States. Along these same lines, the literature on economic development posits that it is logical that larger countries present greater regional inequalities than small ones.

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  1. 1.

    Regions I and X were split in 2010 in order to create regions XIV and XV. However, the map of 13 regions will be used for this chapter.

  2. 2.

    Alejandro Foxley was the first Ministry of Finance in the new Chilean democracy from 1990 to 1994.

  3. 3.

    Felipe Larrain is the current Ministry of Finance. He was appointed in 2010 and is to serve until 2014.


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The author acknowledge the funding received through FONDECYT Project #1111061. Some of the ideas presented in this article were developed through the Regional Science and Public Policy Millennium Scientific Initiative Nucleus.

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Aroca, P. (2013). Territorial Inequality and Regional Policy in Chile. In: Cuadrado-Roura, J., Aroca, P. (eds) Regional Problems and Policies in Latin America. Advances in Spatial Science. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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