Poverty incidence and economic growth in Southeast Asia

Peter G. Warr*

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The countries of Southeast Asia have achieved very large reductions in absolute poverty incidence over recent decades. This paper examines the relationship between this accomplishment and the rate of economic growth. It develops a time series of available data on the headcount measure of poverty incidence for Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines over the period from the 1960s to 1999, in aggregate and in both rural and urban areas. It then uses this pooled data set to analyze the economic determinants of poverty incidence, the impact of the 1997 economic crisis and the degree to which poverty will be affected by alternative hypothetical recovery paths.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-441
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Asian Economics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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