Mapping Economic Inequality



All economic processes operating in a region play an important role, and this chapter imbricates the major aspects of economic development. The nature of mutual interaction between income-generating processes and potential population associated with income and employment over the space successfully reflect the pattern of economic development of a region. The present chapter tries to explore the economic inequality in three basic segments: Firstly, it examines the non-spatial pattern of income inequality within the population; secondly, it demonstrates how to explore the spatial pattern of income inequality and to prepare income inequality map; thirdly, it analyzes the spatial pattern of income insecurity through the application of Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) model. The output of this model is the Income Insecurity Susceptibility (IIS) map. Planners and policymakers may use the IIS map as a base map for designing income, employment, and livelihood planning. It also serves as decision support to the rational allocation of funds to different micro-level administrative units for relevant schemes based on their existing position in the order of the IIS hierarchy. It can contribute to site selection for small- and medium-scale industries, labor welfare centers, agricultural storage and warehousing, and many other activities where the landscape of income security is an important parameter to treat.


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  1. 1.Department of GeographyDr. Meghnad Saha CollegeItaharIndia
  2. 2.Department of GeographyPresidency UniversityKolkataIndia

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