The Nature, Causes and Consequences of Inter-Regional Inequality I

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Economic Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 35
Organizers: Maximilian Buchholz, Harald Bathelt, Michael Storper
Chairs: Maximilian Buchholz


At the same time that global poverty rates have made drastic declines and the global middle class has grown enormously, inequality within many countries has risen. New geographies of prosperity and opportunity appear to be related to skepticism toward global economic and cultural integration as well as populist politics throughout the world. While the United States has been one of the most visible examples of this shift, it appears to be a global phenomenon.

Global inequality is increasingly defined by differences within countries as the shifting dynamics of interpersonal inequality have distinct spatial manifestations between regions and cities. Spatial inequality also appears to be related to political, cultural and social polarization, as well as disparities in equality of opportunity.

Economic geographers, among other social scientists, have made important contributions to our understanding of the dynamics of inequality in recent years, yet we believe there is much more to contribute by broadening our perspective and incorporating complementary views across fields and with neighboring disciplines such as economics, international business and political science. It is our goal in this session to integrate these perspectives with a global lens. In particular, we are interested in developing discussion and debate that help us push our understanding of the dynamics of inter-regional inequality further. Potential topics include:

• How has inter-regional economic inequality evolved over time?
• What forces contribute to rising inter-regional economic inequality?
• How is economic inequality related to social, cultural or political polarization in spatial perspective?
• How does inter-regional inequality vary along demographic axes such as gender, race, citizenship or others?
• How do new geographical expressions of inequality challenge extant theory and policy? How and why do the forces that drive inequality differ geographically?
• How do economic networks and institutions affect inter-regional inequality?
• What role can policy play in mitigating inter-regional economic inequality?

We particularly welcome contributions that compare the dynamics of intra- and inter-regional inequality across countries or that focus on places outside North America and Western Europe.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Maryann Feldman*, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, Simona Iammarino, London School of Economics, Frederick Guy, University of London, Carolin Ioramashvili, London School of Economics, Gathering round big tech: how the market for start-up acquisitions reinforces US regional inequalities 15 1:30 PM
Presenter Sebastian Henn*, University of Jena, Matthias Hannemann, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Populist Resentments and the Construction of Geographies of Inequality. Investor, Client and Hiring Relations in Eastern Thuringian Firms. 15 1:45 PM
Presenter Salma Zaman*, Lahore University of Management Sciences, John Cantwell, Rutgers University, The effect of Knowledge Connectivity on Convergence or Divergence of Global Innovation across Major Cities 15 2:00 PM
Presenter Harald Bathelt*, University of Toronto, Maximilian Buchholz, University of Toronto, Relational Modeling and the Deep Roots of Economic Development 15 2:15 PM
Discussant Maximilian Buchholz University of Toronto 15 2:30 PM

To access contact information login