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A Theory of Urban-Rural Bias: A Dual Dilemma of Political Survival

dc.contributor.advisor Becker, Charles Maxwell
dc.contributor.author Pierskalla, Jan Henryk
dc.date.accessioned 2012-01-12T13:37:58Z
dc.date.available 2014-01-01T05:30:06Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/5046
dc.description.abstract <p>Pro-urban bias in policy is a common phenomenon in many developing countries. Bates (1981) has famously argued the wish to industrialize paired with the political clout of urban residents results in distinctly anti-rural policies in many developing countries. At the same time, empirical reality is much more varied than the standard urban bias argument suggests. Many government have actively supported agricultural producers and rural citizens at early stages of development. Building on Bates' argument, this paper develops a theory that identifies conditions under which politicians will institute pro urban or pro rural policies, by considering the threat of a rural insurgency. Specifically, the direction of urban-rural bias is a function of the asymmetric political threat geographically distinct groups pose to the survival of the central government.</p>
dc.subject Economics
dc.subject Rural Insurgency
dc.subject Urban Bias
dc.title A Theory of Urban-Rural Bias: A Dual Dilemma of Political Survival
dc.type Master's thesis
dc.department Economics
duke.embargo.months 24


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