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Insurance for Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises
This brief looks at the important role that better risk management, including insurance, can play in improving access to finance.
Basic Statistics 2017
Basic Statistics 2017 contains development indicators for 45 economies in the Asia and Pacific Region. The publication covers selected indicators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) such as the proportion of population living below $1.90 (PPP) a day, maternal mortality ratio, carbon dioxide emissions, and proportion of individuals using the internet. It also contains data on basic social and economic indicators such as the population, gross domestic product (GDP), inflation rate, trade balance, external debt, fiscal balance, and others.
Understanding Recent Trends in Income Inequality in the People’s Republic of China
Evidence suggests that reversal of key drivers of rising income inequality in the People's Republic of China, with the exception of wealth inequality, could partly explain the decline in income inequality since 2008.
High-Speed Railroad and Economic Geography: Evidence from Japan
Surging high-speed railroad investments may encourage the formation of megacities due to further agglomeration in service industries. This can have profound implications for urban policies on society, demographics, and environment.
Basic Statistics 2016
Basic 2016 statistics covers social and economic indicators for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. It includes indicators such as population density, the percentage of population below the poverty line, the ratio of girls to boys in education, carbon dioxide emissions, gross domestic product (GDP), inflation rate, current account balance, external debt, fiscal balance, and others.
Analytical Tools for Measuring Poverty Dynamics: An Application Using Panel Data in the Philippines
The Philippines has experienced rapid economic growth over the past decade. However, the benefits of economic expansion have not resulted to significant poverty reduction.
Myanmar’s Agriculture Sector: Unlocking the Potential for Inclusive Growth
Myanmar’s agriculture sector offers substantial unexploited potential to underpin the country’s inclusive economic development.
Two Decades of Rising Inequality and Declining Poverty in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Available data show that the distribution of private household expenditures has become more unequal in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, though absolute poverty incidence has halved.
Interrelation between Growth and Inequality
This paper highlights the importance of “broad-based growth” as a framework to support economic growth and inclusiveness at the same time.
Economic Growth, Financial Development, and Income Inequality
Financial development contributes to reducing inequality up to a point, but as financial development proceeds further, it contributes to greater inequality.