The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
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Regional Development

  • Richard S. Eckaus
Reference work entry


Persisting and even increasing regional differentials in the course of national development are important economic phenomena that have continued to stimulate research. Most features of regional development analysis are related to these patterns of unequal progress, especially the studies and modelling of the regional location of particular types of industry, of urbanization and transportation systems, the interrelations of agricultural and industrial growth and interregional and intraregional migration. The grand and overall issue, however, continues to be that of unequal regional development. It is striking that research on this issue, which was in the mainstream of the early years of development economics, has, with only a few exceptions, retired to the regional science journals.

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