chapter  5
Individual labor market experiences and place characteristics related to development in Venezuela
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An important objective of Third World development is improvement in individual welfare. Associated with this are factors such as increased and better quality health care, housing, education, and employment, as well as attitude shifts that encourage achievement and bettering life’s circumstances. But development spreads unevenly, altering the character of some locales more than others and creating spatial variation in personal well-being. Moreover, development effects often differ among population segments defined on the basis of gender, age, educational attainment, socioeconomic status, place of residence (e.g., rural/urban), and the like; segments which are referred to more generally as social categories.