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Dimensions of urban poverty in the Europe and Central Asia region

Infrastructure Department, Europe and Central Asia Region

No 3998, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: The objective of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of the extent and nature of poverty in urban areas in transition countries in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, providing particular attention to the disparities within urban areas between capital cities and secondary cities, and focusing on dimensions of poverty related to provision of network infrastructure and energy services in cities. Household surveys carried out in 1998-2003 in 20 countries provided the data for the study. The study found substantial differences in urban areas between the capital and secondary cities, with households in secondary cities being worse off. In addition, secondary cities often had poverty indicators equivalent to, or worse than, those of rural areas, including in terms of access and quality (reliability) of infrastructure. The study confirmed that many households, especially in secondary cities, are"infrastructure-poor"because of unreliable and deteriorated services and that these households are hidden in studies that do not examine actual quality. Finally, the study found that income and infrastructure inequality are generally higher in urban areas, although inequality in secondary cities often was greater than that in the capitals.

Keywords: Population Policies; Rural Poverty Reduction; City Development Strategies; Urban Poverty; Transport Economics Policy&Planning (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006-08-01
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