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Space and municipal development in Bolivia

Osvaldo Nina () and Tania Evia ()
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Osvaldo Nina: Institute for Advanced Development Studies
Tania Evia: Iowa State University

No 13/2011, Development Research Working Paper Series from Institute for Advanced Development Studies

Abstract: This paper seeks to establish the factors related to the Human Development Index, incorporating the spatial dimension in the analysis of its determinants. The variables were classified into four groups: geographic, socio-economic, demographic and infrastructure and services. The results show that the geographic and demographic variables are important in the socio-economic development of municipalities. In relation to economic variables, only the variable rural economic organizations is significant, showing the importance of these institutions. Furthermore, contrary to expectations, the variable municipal social spending per capita is not significant, suggesting that central government spending is more important in achieving better health and education indicators, and finally, the process of decentralization has not been able to reach these levels. On the other hand, the spatial dimension is relevant in human development at the municipal level, showing that there is a process in which events in one location are more likely to predict similar events in neighboring geographical units. In this regard, plans or projects of the municipalities should be made jointly and not individually.

Keywords: Regional distribution; Municipal development; Spatial econometrics; Bolivia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C21 O18 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 15 pages
Date: 2011-12
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