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CEP Insights
Cities and regions
Henry G. Overman
August 2021
Paper No' CEPINS04:

Tags: economic geography; cities; regions; spatial disparities

Economic prosperity is very unevenly distributed across space. What causes some places to be richer and some poorer? Why do these spatial disparities matter - and what can policy do to reduce them? Economists studying urban and spatial economics consider these questions across different countries, developed and developing, and at different spatial scales - cities and regions.

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