Economic development in the long run is seen as a process of structural change that is affected by economic growth. Malaysia is one of the middle-income economies that are going through rapid structural change. Since the mid 1980s it has changed to an industrially based economy with large-scale export of electrical and electronic components. However, thirty years after Malaysia's re-distributive policies have been exercised, regional inequality still exists. This book examines the nature and impact of regional policies in relation to the patterns of demographic and economic structural change and in relation to growth, distribution and income disparities across regions in Peninsular Malaysia. The book also explores the degree to which differences in regional manufacturing distribution and concentration have contributed to regional inequality. It concludes with a number of recommendations for regional policies that will reduce this inequality.
Contents: Introduction; Theories and indicators of growth, structural change and disparities; Regional inequalities and policy responses: a historical perspective; Patterns of regional demographic change and regional inequality; Patterns of regional economic change and regional inequality; Industrialisation and regional inequality; Conclusions and recommendations; References; Appendices; Index.