DP9719 Government quality and spatial inequality: A cross-country analysis

Author(s): Roberto Ezcurra, Andrés Rodríguez-Pose
Publication Date: November 2013
Keyword(s): government quality, spatial inequality
JEL(s): H11, R12
Programme Areas: International Trade and Regional Economics
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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 aff ect both regional disparities and governance outcomes. The observed link between government quality and spatial inequality is confirmed by various robustness tests.