The 12th ESP General Meeting
Date: September, 30, 2015
Time: 15:00 – 17:00
Place: GRIPS 4F Research Meeting Room 4A
Presentation Title： Moving Out of Poverty: An Inquiry Into the Inclusive Growth in Asia
Presentors: Jonna P. Estudillo, Professor(GRIPS) and Keijiro Otsuka Senior Professor(GRIPS）
The authors will present the major findings of their new book published by Routledge and out in the market in September 2015. Here is the summary of the volume.
The words of US President John F. Kennedy, “the rising tide lifts all boats,”
mean inclusive growth in contemporary Asia, where the poor are able to participate
in and benefit from economic growth. Moving Out of Poverty explores
three channels through which economic growth confers gains to the poor and
improves the status of women. The first channel is creation of productive
employment, as labor is typically the most abundant asset of the poor. Economic
growth has created jobs in labor-intensive sectors such as agriculture, the informal
service sector, construction, transport, and low-skilled manufacturing. The second
is investment in schooling which, coupled with the emergence of opportunities
to earn income, has elevated women’s status in society. The third is
increased availability of improved infrastructure, which has a direct impact on
increasing household income from wage work and self-employment activities.
This book will be of great value to development economists, students and
researchers interested in rural economies in Asia, and policymakers engaged in poverty reduction.