Inclusive growth from an urban perspective: a challenge for the metropolis of the twenty-first century

Joan Trullén, Vittorio Galletto

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© 2018, © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This paper addresses the study of inclusive growth from an urban perspective. It proposes to focus the relationship between urban economic growth and income distribution in cities in which manufacturing production and external demand play a central role. Opposed to the literature that considers economic growth leads to an increase in inequality in income distribution, we present some operative economic tools from Marshallian Industrial Districts theory and from urban economic theory with which to develop an economic strategy for inclusive urban growth, making possible to achieve simultaneously economic growth and improvements in income distribution. An interesting example of a metropolis with a dynamic of economic and employment growth compatible with a reduction in income inequality is provided by Barcelona. This metropolis disposes a Survey of living conditions and habits of the population since 1986 that allows an analysis in terms of inclusive urban growth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1901-1919
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2018


  • D31
  • Gini coefficient
  • Inclusive urban growth
  • Marshallian industrial district
  • metropolis
  • O18
  • R58
  • urban policies
  • urbanization economies


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