From Farm to Firm: Rural-Urban Transition in Developing Countries - Directions in Development - Countries and Regions (Paperback)Nora Dudwick (author), Katy Hull (author), Roy Katayama (author), Forhad Shilpi (author), Kenneth Simler (author)
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The book uncovers vast inequalities, whether between two regions of one country, between rural and urban areas, or within cities themselves. The authors find little evidence to suggest that these inequalities will automatically diminish as countries develop: empirical and qualitative analysis suggests that spatial divides are mainly a function of country conditions, policies and institutions. By implication, policymakers must take active steps to ensure that rural-urban transition results in shared growth. Spatially unbiased provision of health and education services is crucial to ensuring that the benefits of transition are shared by all. But connective infrastructure and targeted interventions also emerge as important considerations, even in countries with severely constrained fiscal and administrative capacity. The authors suggest steps for navigating the tricky political economy of land reforms. And they alert readers to potential spillover effects that mean that policies designed for one space can have unintended consequences on another.
Policymakers and development experts, as well as anyone concerned with the impact of rural-urban transition on growth and equity, will find this book a thought-provoking and informative read.
Publisher: World Bank Publications
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm