Is Economic Openness Good for Regional Development and Poverty Reduction? The Philippines

Publication | October 2002

External influences on a country's urban and regional development are not new. Such were common during colonial times when cities became the strategic contact points of the colonizer with the colony. The evolution of ports and local transport systems were strongly shaped by the trade and investment decisions of colonial authorities. Indeed, the location of ports had a decisive impact on the choice of what were to become the primary and secondary urban centers.


  • Patterns of Regional Development
  • Determinants of Regional Development and Poverty Reduction
  • Conclusion
  • References