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.
|Presenter||Dylan Connor*, Arizona State University, Thomas Kemeny, Queen Mary, University of London, Michael Storper, UCLA / London School of Economics, Inequality, Leading-Edge Workers and Industrial Revolutions||15||3:05 PM|
|Presenter||Michael White*, Brown University, Kevin Mwenda, Brown University, Guixing Wei, Brown University , Juanfang Lei, Brown University , Developing Spatial Inequality—The Case of Kenya||15||3:20 PM|
|Presenter||Jamie Goodwin-White*, UCLA, Austerity geographies of gender inequality||15||3:35 PM|
|Presenter||Maximilian Buchholz*, University of Toronto, Race, Gender and the Urban Wage Premium: Who Benefits from Increases in a City's Population?||15||3:50 PM|
|Discussant||Harald Bathelt University of Toronto||15||4:05 PM|
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