Decentralization in Chile

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Gustav Ranis

Yale University - Department of Economics (Deceased)

Frances Stewart

University of Oxford - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 1, 1994


Major changes in the political regime and decentralization strategy over the last few decades make Chile an interesting case-study of decentralization. Chile is a "narrow" nation covering almost three-hundred thousand square miles, ranging from coastal lands to the Andean mountain range. Its population is fairly homogeneous, concentrated in the central regions and metropolitan areas, with no substantial ethnic or cultural differences. The government has been unitary since political independence in 1810. There exists considerable variation in economic resources and production processes across regions, with agriculture, fishing, forestry, and mining the main industries.

Keywords: human development, development, measurement, HDR, HDRO, UNDP, HDI

Suggested Citation

Ranis, Gustav and Stewart, Frances, Decentralization in Chile (September 1, 1994). UNDP Human Development Report Office Paper No. 14, Available at SSRN: or

Gustav Ranis

Yale University - Department of Economics (Deceased)

United States

Frances Stewart (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Department of Economics ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 3BJ, Oxfordshire OX13UQ
United Kingdom

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