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Call for papers for RSPP Special Issue | Spatial and Social Justice

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 12:35

The last few decades have seen the world experience a decrease in between-country income inequality accompanied by an increase in within-country income inequality. This is associated with the rapid development of emerging economies. There is also pronounced variation in inequality between regions within countries. High inequality has raised the issue of social justice in many countries.


Theories explaining the increase in income inequality, particularly in emerging countries, can be found in the literature.  One of the early theories was Kuznets Hypothesis arguing that there is an inverted U-shaped relationship between economic growth and income inequality. Another area of the literature has focused on social injustice as the cause of income inequality. The central argument proposes that lack of equal access to education, medical service, and energy among others, induces inequality within countries.


This special issue wishes to discuss the elements that explain the increase or decrease in income inequality. We are calling for all empirical analyses, independent of place or time, which can help the understanding of the complex issues of income inequality.


Authors are kindly invited to send their 500-1,000 words abstract by the 15th of June 2017 to the editor of this special issue. It would be appreciated if the authors of selected papers could present their abstracts in the Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA) International Institute in Manado, Indonesia, on 17-18 July 2017.  There will be up to two special sessions dedicated for this special issue.  We expect to receive the full papers by 31st of October 2017. The authors of these selected papers will have to work for the regular review process of the journal  (Regional Science Policy & Practice - RSPP).


Coordinator of this Special Issue Editor:

Budy P. Resosudarmo (Associate Professor at the Australian National University)

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