Roads and poverty in rural laos: An econometric analysis

Peter Warr*

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The relationship between poverty incidence and road development is analyzed econometrically in this paper, in the context of rural Laos. Between 1997-1998 and 2002-2003, rural poverty incidence in Laos declined by 9.5% of the rural population. Approximately 13% of this decline can be attributed to improved road access. There is now a high return to providing dry weather access to the most isolated households of Laos, those with no road access at all. They constitute 31.6% of all rural households in Laos and are being left behind by the development of the market economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)152-169
Number of pages18
JournalPacific Economic Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


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