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Poverty Strategies in Asia

A Growth Plus Approach Edited by John Weiss, Professor of Development Economics and Associate Dean, Research, University of Bradford, UK and Haider A. Khan, Professor of Economics, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver, US and formerly Visiting Fellow, Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo, Japan
It is widely recognized that while high and sustained economic growth is critical for poverty reduction, there are other policy interventions that may also be significant in a ‘growth plus’ approach to poverty reduction. This volume brings together a series of case studies on the poverty impact of alternative interventions in a broad range of Asian economies. The measures examined within the book cover trade liberalization both in general and in a specific market, infrastructure investment (particularly in roads), population policies, cash transfers, microfinance, employment guarantee programs and contract farming. The countries covered include the Philippines, Lao PDR, Pakistan, India and Thailand. While the results illustrated by the contributors are mixed, they demonstrate the potential for further progress in poverty reduction.
A Joint Publication of the Asian Development Bank Institute and Edward Elgar Publishing
Extent: 328 pp
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Publication Date: 2006
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Poverty Strategies in Asia is an examination of a wide range of measures aimed at reducing poverty in the region.

It is widely recognized that while high and sustained economic growth is critical for poverty reduction, there are other policy interventions that may also be significant in a ‘growth plus’ approach to poverty reduction. This volume brings together a series of case studies on the poverty impact of alternative interventions in a broad range of Asian economies. The measures examined within the book cover trade liberalization both in general and in a specific market, infrastructure investment (particularly in roads), population policies, cash transfers, microfinance, employment guarantee programs and contract farming. The countries covered include the Philippines, Lao PDR, Pakistan, India and Thailand. While the results illustrated by the contributors are mixed, they demonstrate the potential for further progress in poverty reduction.

This latest joint publication by the ADBI and Edward Elgar Publishing will be warmly welcomed by scholars and researchers of Asian studies and development. Professional economists within international and bilateral development agencies and policymakers will also find much to engage them.
‘. . . the volume makes interesting reading. . . The language of the text is indeed lucid and the organization of the materials could not have been better.’
– Arup Mitra, The Developing Economies

‘This is an important book making a convincing case that structural elements are of crucial importance in filtering the impact of growth on poverty. A successful development strategy needs to address these structural elements at the country level and modify them in order to take greater advantage of the potential benefits of globalization in reducing poverty.’
– Erik Thorbecke, Cornell University, US

‘This volume makes an important contribution to our understanding of the complex relationship between economic growth and poverty reduction. The focus on assessing the impact of specific poverty-reduction interventions at the disaggregated, case-study level marks an important and welcome departure from the standard approach to research in this area . . . researchers and practitioners working in the field of poverty reduction and development in Asia and beyond will find much to interest them in this stimulating and informative volume.’
– Colin Kirkpatrick, University of Manchester, UK
Contributors: G.M. Arif, J. Cai, C.B. Cororaton, H. Jalilian, H.A. Khan, P. Leung, H. Montgomery, A.C. Orbeta Jr., S. Setboonsarng, P. Srivastava, P. Warr, J. Weiss
Contents:

Foreword
Peter McCawley

1. Poverty Strategies in Asia: Growth Plus
Haider A. Khan and John Weiss

2. Macro-Modeling of Poverty and the Dual–Dual Model
Haider A. Khan

3. Rice Market Reform and Poverty in the Philippines
Caesar B. Cororaton

4. Infrastructure and Poverty: Cross-Country Evidence
Hossein Jalilian and John Weiss

5. Roads and Poverty Reduction in Lao PDR
Peter Warr

6. Poverty, Vulnerability and Family Size: Evidence from the Philippines
Aniceto C. Orbeta Jr

7. Poverty Targeting in Pakistan: The Role of Zakat and the Lady Health Worker Program
G.M. Arif

8. Serving the Poorest of the Poor: The Poverty Impact of the Khushhali Bank’s Microfinance Lending in Pakistan
Heather Montgomery

9. The Role of Community Preferences in Targeting the Rural Poor: Evidence from Uttar Pradesh
Pradeep Srivastava

10. Contract Farming and Poverty Reduction: The Case of Organic Rice Contract Farming in Thailand
Sununtar Setboonsarng, PingSun Leung and Junning Cai

Index