Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: An Update
Though poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific in 2005–2008 had been quite significant, the region remains home to the largest number of the world’s poor. In 2008, around 63% of the poor worldwide lived in the region.
The Rise of the Middle Class in the People's Republic of China
This paper discusses the rise of the middle class in the People's Republic of China and the drivers of this trend.
Climate Change and Agricultural Interregional Trade Flows in the People's Republic of China
This paper investigates climate change impacts on People's Republic of China's agricultural interregional trade pattern using a computable general equilibrium model of multiple regions and multiple sectors.
Impacts of Climate Change on the People's Republic of China's Grain Output - Regional and Crop Perspective
This paper investigates the impacts of climate change on the People's Republic of China's grain output using rural household survey data.
How is the Global Recession Impacting on Poverty and Social Spending? An Ex Ante Assessment Methodology with Applications to Developing Asia
The global economic recession is severely affecting Asian economies. Timely assessment of the economic and social impacts is critical to the formulation and implementation of policy responses. This paper presents a simple methodology of ex ante impact assessment, focusing specifically on how the global recession will affect poverty and social expenditures in developing Asian countries. This involves two steps: first, to gauge how the crisis will affect national and household incomes; and, second, to assess how the income effects are transmitted to poverty and social spending.
Why is Access to Basic Services Not Inclusive? A Synthesis with a Special Focus on Developing Asia
Despite increased supply of basic services in developing Asia and beyond, evidence show that the poor failed to gain sufficiently from such increases.
The World Bank's New Poverty Data: Implications for the Asian Development Bank
In October 2008 the World Bank released new poverty counts based on the most recent purchasing power parity estimates. The new data show that the number of poor in Asia and the Pacific is more than one third higher than earlier estimated This publication explains the methodology behind the new poverty estimates, highlights country specifics on extreme poverty and vulnerability, makes poverty projections through 2020 for the Asia and Pacific region based on pro-poor and pro-rich distribution as well as new growth scenarios, and discusses implications for the Asian Development Bank.