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Regional Inequality in Thailand: Political Relationship, Industrial Connection, Community Leaders and Network Effects of Urban Development

Addresses 4 papers relating to various major causes of geographical inequality in Thailand. Investigates 4 factors contributing to the level of inequality during early Rattanakosin Period, namely social structure, geographical location, individual’s connection with powerful elites, and worker’s ability. Analyzes the relationship between economic growth, poverty, and income inequality in Thailand between 1986-2011. Suggests from the space lag model that to negative location taxes or investment zoning subsidiaries will loosen the industrial concentration in some areas and help reducing regional inequality. Investigates the role of local actorsin community development and proposes directions for further local development