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Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia

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  • Contains 14 papers covering the theoretical, methodological, empirical and policy aspects of poverty in developing Asia
  • Advances new developmental tools and measurements of multidimensional poverty and poverty reduction policy analysis
  • Covers poverty-alleviation related areas such as microfinance, climate change, disaster management, urban and rural poverty reduction policies and sustainability issues
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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Poverty Alleviation with Microfinance

  2. Climate Change, Disaster Management and Poverty Reduction

  3. Rural Poverty Reduction Policies


About this book

This book looks at the major policy challenges facing developing Asia and how the region sustains rapid economic growth to reduce multidimensional poverty through socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable measures. Asia is facing many challenges arising from population growth, rapid urbanization, provision of services, climate change and the need to redress declining growth after the global financial crisis. This book examines poverty and related issues and aims to advance the development of new tools and measurement of multidimensional poverty and poverty reduction policy analysis. The book covers a wide range of issues, including determinants and causes of poverty and its changes; consequences and impacts of poverty on human capital formation, growth and consumption; assessment of poverty strategies and policies; the role of government, NGOs and other institutions in poverty reduction; rural-urban migration and poverty; vulnerability to poverty; breakdown of poverty intochronic and transitory components; and a comparative study on poverty issues in Asia and other regions. The book will appeal to all those interested in economic development, resources, policies and economic welfare and growth.

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sogang University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

    Almas Heshmati

  • Emory University, Atlanta, USA

    Esfandiar Maasoumi

  • Asian Development Bank, Manila, Philippines

    Guanghua Wan

About the editors

ALMAS HESHMATI is Professor of Economics at the Sogang University. He held similar positions at Korea University, Seoul National University and University of Kurdistan Hawler. He was a Research Fellow at the World Institute for Development Economics Research, United Nations University, and Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics. He has a Ph.D. degree from the University of Gothenburg (1994). His research interests include applied microeconomics, globalization, welfare economics, industrial economics, development strategy and performance analysis with application to manufacturing and services.

ESFANDIAR MAASOUMI is the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Economics at Emory University. He is author and coauthor of more than 100 articles, reviews, and books, including special issues of Journal of Econometrics and Econometric Reviews. He has written theoretical and empirical papers in both economics and econometrics, and consults on law and economics issues.Current Research Interests include: nonlinear time series, information theory, tests for stochastic dominance, measures of volatility, measures of welfare and mobility. Dr. Maasoumi received Ph.D. (1977) degrees from the London School of Economics. He is the Editor of Econometric Reviews.

GUANGHUA WAN is Principal Economist at the Economics and Research Department of the Asian Development Bank. Previously, he was Senior Economist in the United Nations and taught in a number of Universities in Australia and People’s Republic of China (PRC). Trained in development economics and econometrics, Dr. Wan is an award-wining scholar on the Chinese economy and an expert on Asia, with an outstanding publication record of more than 100 professional articles and a dozen of books including two by Oxford University Press. An honorary professor of over ten top institutions in PRC including Fudan and Zhejiang Universities.

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