Is geography destiny lessons from latin america is a book written by john luke gallup alejandro gaviria eduardo lora and published by the inter american development bank idb which documents an advanced step of the rediscovery of geography by economists initiated by paul krugman in the early 1990s however in another more deterministic direction. Is geography destiny is geography destiny lessons from latin america isbn 0 8213 5451 5 gallup gaviria and lora stanford inter american development bank economic commission for latin america and the caribbean stanford university press inter american the world bank development bank latin american development forum. Focusing on latin america this book examines how physical and human geography has influenced the regions potential for economic and social development the book assesses how geography affects differences in development between countries and more specifically between latin america and other regions of the world. In every city the urban spaces that form the public realm ranging from city streets neighborhood squares and parks to public facilities such as libraries and markets account for about one third of the citys total land area on average. It is also an important policy piece growth strategies must more explicitly incorporate lessons of geography to address problems of poverty and inequality in latin america the book proceeds in three parts the first chapter analyzes the influence of geography on levels of economic and social development between countries
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