Poverty and Inequalities in Middle-Income Southeast Asia

Published on 1 April 2012

This paper outlines a research agenda related to poverty in lower middle income Southeast Asia, notably Indonesia and Viet Nam.

The paper briefly reprises the changes in global poverty towards lower middle-income countries (LMICs). It then reviews, from a historical comparative perspective, poverty reduction in two new LMICs in Southeast Asia – Indonesia and Viet Nam – and describes the “state-of-the art” in terms of poverty and inequality analysis in these two countries.

It also outlines research agenda focusing on the long-term evolution of poverty and inequalities, the changing composition of poverty over time, and the role of inequalities in the reproduction of persistent poverty.

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Sumner, A., Suryahadi, A. and Thang, N.


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