Richness and Poverty in the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires

Authors: Ana MarĂ­a Liberali*, University of Buenos Aires
Topics: Economic Geography, Urban Geography, Latin America
Session Type: Poster
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RICHNESS AND POVERTY IN THE METROPOLITAN REGION OF BUENOS AIRES The purpose of this paper is to show how, the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires, despite being the country's district that in national terms shows the best conditions of quality of life, internally has great inequalities. For this we have taken infant mortality, considering it an indicator that offers a true synthesis of unsatisfied basic needs, not only those related to food, clothing and housing, but also to health and education. On the other hand, the distribution of hospitals and educational establishments of state or private management, without making a value judgment about their quality, shows us the areas of differentiated purchasing power. And an indicator of wealth is the concentration of banks in certain jurisdictions to the detriment of other areas where they are practically non-existent. The conclusion is that within the Metropolitan Region of Buenos Aires there is an important socio-economic fragmentation that has become more profound in recent years, based on public policies that have intensified differences that were not characteristic of Argentine society that still has a large sector of the middle class These policies have consisted of concentration of economic and political power, financial speculation, external debt, privatizations, re-primarization of the economy, deindustrialization, unemployment, redress redistribution of income, pauperization, thus, polarization of classes or social groups

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