Is economic growth increasing disparities? A multidimensional analysis of poverty in the Lao PDR between 2003 and 2013

Bader, Christoph; Bieri, Sabin; Wiesmann, Urs; Heinimann, Andreas (2017). Is economic growth increasing disparities? A multidimensional analysis of poverty in the Lao PDR between 2003 and 2013. Journal of development studies, 53(12), pp. 2067-2085. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/00220388.2016.1251587

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The Asian story of miraculous growth and poverty reduction has reinforced mainstream views of development that equate high and sustained economic growth with progress in human well-being. But understanding development only in terms of economic growth is not sufficient. This paper offers a different perspective on possible effects of Laos’s transition from a subsistence-oriented economy to a market-oriented economy. We used a multidimensional poverty approach with panel data for the years between 2003 and 2013. Findings point towards that benefits were not equally distributed: 50% of people moved in and out of poverty, and the other half was either non-poor (37%) or always poor (13%).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Integrative Geography > Unit Geography of Sustainable Development
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
10 Strategic Research Centers > Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

UniBE Contributor:

Bader, Christoph; Bieri, Sabin; Wiesmann, Urs Martin and Heinimann, Andreas

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1743-9140

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Projects:

[312] Feminisation, agricultural transition and rural employment (FATE) Official URL

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stephan Schmidt

Date Deposited:

10 Jan 2017 09:07

Last Modified:

17 May 2018 02:30

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/00220388.2016.1251587

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.90487

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/90487

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