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The Asian ‘Poverty Miracle’: Impressive Accomplishments or Incomplete Achievements?

Publication | October 2016
The Asian ‘Poverty Miracle’: Impressive Accomplishments or Incomplete Achievements?

This book explores the Asian ‘poverty miracle’ and argues for the development and use of an Asia-specific poverty line.

Following rapid economic growth in recent decades, Asia and the Pacific experienced an impressive reduction in extreme poverty, but this drop was not uniform and achievements are still incomplete. Vulnerability to natural disasters, the increasing impact of climate change and economic crises should all be taken into account. There is also a need to consider the multidimensional nature of poverty and the non-uniformity of the decrease across different ethnic groups. This book explores the Asian ‘poverty miracle’ and argues for the development and use of an Asia-specific poverty line.

This is a timely and multidimensional assessment of the much-neglected issues of, and links between, poverty, vulnerability, and ethnicity in Asia. It will be of great interest to lecturers and researchers of Asian development and economics, along with policy makers, public and private institutions, NGOs, and international aid agencies.

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Edited by: Jacques Silber and Guanghua Wan

‘This book introduces a number of recent methodological advances in the measurement of poverty – including those on poverty lines, on incorporating vulnerability into poverty indices, and on socio-politically salient groupings – and applies them to the Asian context. The authors include some of the global leaders in this new literature. The volume will prove useful to students of poverty and to analysts of Asian development.’ – Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, US

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • PART I: Is There a Case for a Poverty Line Specific to Asia?
    • An Asian Poverty Line? Issues and Options
    • A Poverty Line Contingent on Reference Groups: Implications for the Extent of Poverty in Some Asian Countries
  • PART II: Poverty and Vulnerability in Asia
    • Concepts and Measurement of Vulnerability to Poverty and Other Issues: A Review of Literature
    • Measuring the Impact of Vulnerability on the Number of Poor: A New Methodology with Empirical Illustrations
    • Climate Change and Vulnerability to Poverty: An Empirical Investigation in Rural Indonesia
  • PART III: The Multidimensionality of Poverty in Asia
    • Measuring Multidimensional Poverty in Three Southeast Asian Countries Using Ordinal Variables
    • Poverty and Nutrition: A Case Study of Rural Households in Thailand and Viet Nam
  • PART IV: Poverty and Inequity
    • Poverty and Ethnicity in Asian Countries