North-South Economic Problems Term Paper by scribbler

A look at the global economic divide.
# 152005 | 2,237 words | 4 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Nov 11, 2012 in Economics (Macro) , Economics (Globalization) , Sociology (Poverty)

$19.95 Buy and instantly download this paper now


This paper traces the economic divide between wealthy and impoverished nations of the world, noting that the wealthy countries are in the "North" and the poorer countries are in the "South." First, the paper traces this imbalance by noting statistics between these two global regions. Then, it addresses the reasons for the continued disparity, particularly citing urbanization as contributing to poverty. Other factors are also discussed, such as political instability and armed conflict. Next, the paper evaluate several schools of thought on the economic divide between first and third world nations. This includes defining terms that are used and giving concrete examples for them. Finally, the paper examines the role of globalization on the North-South economic problem. The paper concludes with suggestions for attempting to overcome some of these obstacles.


Tracing the Roots of the Economic Divide
Implications of the Gap
Southern Efforts at Closing the Gap
Not Two but Four Sides

From the Paper:

" Indicators of growing pressures on the poor peoples of the world have also been identified as higher incidence of infectious diseases, effects of wars and armed conflicts on the natural environment, the planting and harvesting of illegal drug crops, an increase in the number of environmental refugees and other displaced persons, and corruption. Infectious diseases are more rampant in the South than in the North. These diseases kill twice as many worldwide as cancer every year. Fatalities are also often very young or at the prime of their lives. The SARS epidemic, for example, demonstrated these observations in Asian countries. A large part of the damage inflicted by the world's 50 wars and other armed conflicts affected the natural resources of the countries where these occurred, mostly poor countries. In many cases, ethnic or economic elite groups gain control of natural resources to the detriment of the poor majority. In these poor countries, harvesting of illegal drug crops has substantially increased since the 80s. It proportionately increased addiction rates and a black market, which is deleterious to the development of poor nations. Examples of illegal drug crops are cannabis, coca and opium poppies. There have been 50 million recorded environmental refugees and ..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Goldstein, J. S. and Pevehouse, J. C. (2009). "The North-South Gap." Chapter 12 International Relations. Pearson Education: Pearson Longman. Retrieved on March 12, 2010 from
  • Spero, J. (1997). "North-South gap and its implications." The Politics of International Relations. New York: St. Martin's Press. Retrieved on March 12, 2010 from
  • Worldwatch Institute (2008). Vital signs 2003. Retrieved on March 12, 2010 from
  • Wolfensohn, J. (2007). Goodbye to the North-South gap: hello to something worse. Europe's World: Europe's Retrieved on March 12, 2010 from

Cite this Term Paper:

APA Format

North-South Economic Problems (2012, November 11) Retrieved December 02, 2023, from

MLA Format

"North-South Economic Problems" 11 November 2012. Web. 02 December. 2023. <>