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Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia

Measurement, Policy Issues, and Country Studies

Edited by Juzhong Zhuang
 

Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia

Examines why Asia needs inclusive growth, what policy ingredients an inclusive growth strategy entails, and how such a strategy can lead to benefits of growth being more equitably shared.

Imprint: Anthem Press
ISBN 9780857284143
October 2011 | 492 Pages | 229 x 152mm / 9 x 6 | 200+ tables, figures and boxes
 
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9780857284143

About This Book

‘This book presents a compelling case for making growth more inclusive in Asia and a unique view of key elements of an inclusive growth strategy for the region.’ —Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist, The World Bank

‘In this collection of 13 chapters of careful and detailed research on poverty and inequality by staff from the Asian Development Bank and their collaborators, future directions for policy innovation are canvassed.’ — Kosmas Tsokhas, ‘Journal of Contemporary Asia’

‘How to make economic growth work to the benefit of a wide group of citizens is one of the central challenges of economic development. This book contains important analysis and insights into how this challenge can be met.’ —Timothy Besley, Kuwait Professor of Economics and Political Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

While Asia's growth record in recent decades is remarkable, it has been marred by rising inequality. Recognizing the potential negative economic, social and political consequences of rising inequality, more and more Asian countries are paying attention to the issue of equity and taking actions to make growth more inclusive. This book puts together papers arising from various studies on inclusive growth and its policy implications, as carried out at the Asian Development Bank. 'Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia' looks at recent trends of income and non-income inequalities in developing Asian countries; discusses their underlying driving forces; examines the concept of inclusive growth and its policy ingredients; proposes how inclusive growth can be measured and monitored; and provides in-depth analyses of the key policies of an inclusive growth strategy, including employment, public service delivery, social protection, gender equality, and governance and institutions. The book also presents a set of country studies with rich information on growth, poverty and inequality dynamics and the policy challenges that arise in marching toward inclusive growth in the People's Republic of China, Philippines, and Nepal.

Readership: Policy makers of both developing and developed countries; development economists, researchers, and practitioners; journalists interested in economic development in and outside Asia; undergraduate and graduate students specializing in development, development economics, international development, Asian development, or other related fields.

Author Information

Juzhong Zhuang holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester and an MSc in Management Science from Shanghai Maritime University, China. He currently works as Assistant Chief Economist for the Economics and Research Department of the Asian Development Bank. His recent publications include 'The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review' and 'Inclusive Growth toward a Prosperous Asia: Policy Implications' in the 'Asian Development Review'.

This volume is a copublication of Anthem Press and the Asian Development Bank.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Preface and Acknowledgements; Contributors; Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols; Tables, Figures, and Boxes; Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia; Inequality and Poverty in Asia; Non-income Poverty and Inequality in Asia; Gender Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Asia; Inclusive Growth through Full Employment: The Role of Investment and Industrial Policy; Why is Access to Basic Services Not Inclusive?; Social Protection in Asia; Governance and Institutional Quality and the Links with Growth and Inequality: How Asia Fares; Growth, Inequality, and the Labor Market: The Philippines; Poverty and Inequality in Nepal: An Empirical Analysis; Decomposing Income Inequality: People's Republic of China, 1990-2005; Evolution of Income Mobility: People's Republic of China, 1991-2002; Occupational Segregation and Gender Discrimination in Labor Markets: Thailand and Viet Nam; Inclusiveness through Food Security: The Philippines' National Food Program; Index