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By John Weiss, Haider A. Khan

`This is a crucial booklet creating a convincing case that structural parts are of an important significance in filtering the effect of progress on poverty. A winning improvement procedure must tackle those structural components on the nation point and alter them with the intention to take higher good thing about the aptitude advantages of globalization in decreasing poverty.' - Erik Thorbecke, Cornell collage, US `This quantity makes a tremendous contribution to our realizing of the complicated dating among monetary progress and poverty aid. The specialise in assessing the effect of particular poverty-reduction interventions on the disaggregated, case-study point marks a massive and welcome departure from the normal method of examine during this region . . . researchers and practitioners operating within the box of poverty relief and improvement in Asia and past will locate a lot to curiosity them during this stimulating and informative volume.' - Colin Kirkpatrick, collage of Manchester, united kingdom Poverty thoughts in Asia is an exam of a variety of measures aimed toward lowering poverty within the sector. it truly is well known that whereas excessive and sustained monetary progress is severe for poverty aid, there are different coverage interventions that can also be major in a `growth plus' method of poverty aid. This quantity brings jointly a chain of case stories at the poverty impression of different interventions in a huge diversity of Asian economies. The measures tested in the ebook conceal alternate liberalization either in basic and in a particular marketplace, infrastructure funding (particularly in roads), inhabitants regulations, money transfers, microfinance, employment warrantly courses and agreement farming. The international locations coated comprise the Philippines, Lao PDR, Pakistan, India and Thailand. whereas the implications illustrated through the individuals are combined, they display the capability for additional development in poverty relief. This most recent joint book by means of the ADBI and Edward Elgar Publishing may be warmly welcomed by way of students and researchers of Asian experiences and improvement. expert economists inside of foreign and bilateral improvement organizations and policymakers also will locate a lot to have interaction them.

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Furthermore, the overall Gini coefficient increases, which indicates a worsening of income inequality. Hence although overall poverty as measured by the headcount ratio is expected to decline, that for particularly poor groups is projected to worsen. The policy lesson that may be drawn from the exercise is that while market reform is generally necessary, it has to be carried out carefully, especially if implemented in a critical sector such as rice. Although market reforms in rice can potentially have favorable effects on consumer prices in general, some household groups may be adversely affected by the expected surge in rice imports.

The policy prescription of growth plus various interventions to address poverty makes sense provided there is no significant trade-off between growth and poverty reduction outcomes, so that increased attention to the latter does not come at the cost of slower growth and lower future average incomes. Fortunately there are reasons to believe that such a trade-off, if it exists, is unlikely to be very significant. First, the type of distortionary policies likely to impede labor-intensive growth (interest rate controls and highly overvalued exchange rates) are now much less commonly applied, as the evidence on their macroeconomic consequences has become better understood.

Funds can be provided under a range of heads, such as education, health, social welfare and marriage assistance. Disbursement of public zakat funds is to those deemed in need by the local committees who carry out a form of community-based targeting. A smaller amount of funds (roughly one-third of the total) come from private sources, and are distributed by private individuals often to deserving relatives and neighbors. The chapter draws on original primary data collected from a national survey of zakat recipients.

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