Distinguished Speaker Series: Promoting Shared Prosperity | Asian Development Bank

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Distinguished Speaker Series: Promoting Shared Prosperity

Event | 10 January 2018 ADBI, Tokyo, Japan

Speaker: Shaohua Chen
Affiliation: World Bank
Time: 14:00–15:30


In 2013, the World Bank set up two development goals—ending global extreme poverty by the year 2030, and promoting shared prosperity via helping every country foster income growth of the bottom 40% of the population. While shared prosperity is not itself an inequality measure, it does open avenues for broadening the discussion to include inequality of outcomes. Shaohua Chen will introduce the history and measurement of shared prosperity, and how to track it in practice. She will interpolate the measures at the regional and global level, and explore how to boost shared prosperity by giving examples from developing countries.

About the Speaker

Shaohua Chen is the lead statistician in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her research interests over the last 25 years have focused on poverty and inequality measures. She manages global poverty monitoring and all developing countries’ poverty, inequality estimations at the World Bank since 1991. Her research findings have been published in main economics and statistics journals including Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic and Statistics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, etc. She is also in charge of poverty measures and projections for the World Bank’s major reports such as World Development Indicators, Global Monitoring Report, Poverty and Shared Prosperity report, etc. She is a member of the International Commission on Global Poverty.

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