Poverty, Inequality, and Inclusive Growth in Asia: Measurement, Policy Issues, and Country Studies

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Juzhong Zhuang
Anthem Press, 2011 - Business & Economics - 467 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

Poverty Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Asia
1
Part A Measuring Inequality and Poverty
33
NonIncome Poverty and Inequality in Asia
86
Gender Equality and Inclusive Growth in Asia
115
Part B Selected Policy Issues
159
Why is Access to Basic Services Not Inclusive?
199
Social Protection in Asia
228
Governance and Institutional Quality and the Links
268
The Philippines
323
An Empirical Analysis
344
Occupational Segregation and Gender Discrimination
409
Index
455
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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.  He also edited the  ‘Asian Development Review’ in 2008 and 2009, and prior to that he worked as a Research Officer at the London School of Economics. He is an accomplished author, having published numerous articles and books on economics and development in Asia.  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’.

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