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Sustainability 2017, 9(6), 962; doi:10.3390/su9060962

Vaguely Right or Exactly Wrong: Measuring the (Spatial) Distribution of Land Resources, Income and Wealth in Rural Ethiopia

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Human Geography & Planning, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Utrecht 3508TC, The Netherlands
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Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency, The Hague 2500GH, The Netherlands
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The Horn Economic and Social Policy Institute, Kirkos Sub City 1250, Ethiopia
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Academic Editor: Fabio Carlucci
Received: 10 March 2017 / Revised: 30 May 2017 / Accepted: 1 June 2017 / Published: 6 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
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Land ties people to specific localities featuring different levels of accessibility and natural endowments; it is therefore related in various ways to matters of inequality. Drawing from economics and human geography, we explore the multifaceted and complex nature of inequality. Our case study takes place in rural Tigray, Ethiopia. Quantitative data analysis is used to reveal (spatial) income distribution patterns between statistically representative population groups. Qualitative data are then used to describe the productive activities of these groups, their respective processes of material asset accumulation or losses, and how their economic activities are affected by location. The paper concludes that, where measures of the distribution of income falls short, we require other tools that will help us reveal patterns: (1) of material wealth distribution; (2) of control over production; and (3) of the unaccounted value created within the household or derived from the natural environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: inequality; wealth; accumulation; spatial distribution; land; Ethiopia inequality; wealth; accumulation; spatial distribution; land; Ethiopia
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Rammelt, C.F.; van Schie, M.; Tegabu, F.N.; Leung, M. Vaguely Right or Exactly Wrong: Measuring the (Spatial) Distribution of Land Resources, Income and Wealth in Rural Ethiopia. Sustainability 2017, 9, 962.

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