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Spatial inequalities in Latin America: mapping aggregate to micro-level disparities

  • The paper's multiscale approach, combining macro-level analysis with micro-level case studies, offers a holistic view of spatial inequalities in LAC.


  • It examines spatial inequalities in LAC, comparing its unique challenges with those in developed countries. Using survey data, the paper provides empirical insights into the spatial dimensions of inequality in the region.


  • Three principal dimensions are highlighted: significantly larger urban-rural divide compared to developed countries, metropolitan bias, and large urban segregation.


  • Smaller cities exhibit a pronounced level of inequality. The paper underscores the importance of addressing poverty rates, suggesting they require as much attention as the larger metropolitan areas.


  • The paper emphasises the importance of targeted infrastructure investments and transport policies. These could bridge the spatial gaps, ensuring equitable access to regional opportunities and resources.

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