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Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia

  • Almas Heshmati
  • Esfandiar Maasoumi
  • Guanghua Wan


  • 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

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Almas Heshmati, Esfandiar Maasoumi, Guanghua Wan
    Pages 1-8 Open Access
  3. Poverty Alleviation with Microfinance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Mohshin Habib, Christine Jubb
      Pages 11-30 Open Access
  4. Climate Change, Disaster Management and Poverty Reduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. Saibal Kar, Nimai Das
      Pages 55-76 Open Access
  5. Urban Poverty Reduction Policies

  6. Rural Poverty Reduction Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-123
    2. Muhammad Badiuzzaman, Syed Mansoob Murshed
      Pages 145-162 Open Access
  7. Dimensions of Poverty and Its Reductions

  8. Sustainability in Poverty Reduction

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 into chronic 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.


'RAY' Housing Scheme in India Agricultural Production and Poverty in India Climate Change and Poverty in Bangladesh Climate Change and Poverty in India Climate Change, Disaster Management and Poverty Reduction Crop Diversification and Poverty in Rural India Dimensions of Poverty and its Reductions in Asia Disaster management and poverty in Bangladesh Economic class Segregation in Developing Asia Economic class Segregation in the Pacific Foreign Direct Investment and Poverty in Southeast Foreign labour migration in Nepal Housing Poverty in Urban India Inequality in Urban India Non-Income Dimensions and Poverty in India Out-Migration and remittances in Nepal Poverty Alleviation in Asia and the Pacific Poverty Alleviation in Developing Asia Poverty Alleviation with Microfinance in Asia Poverty Reduction Policies in Developing Asia

Editors and affiliations

  • Almas Heshmati
    • 1
  • Esfandiar Maasoumi
    • 2
  • Guanghua Wan
    • 3
  1. 1.Sogang UniversitySeoulKorea, Republic of (South Korea)
  2. 2.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.Asian Development BankManilaPhilippines

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.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Poverty Reduction Policies and Practices in Developing Asia
  • Editors Almas Heshmati
    Esfandiar Maasoumi
    Guanghua Wan
  • Series Title Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being
  • Series Abbreviated Title Economic Stud.Inequality
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Asian Development Bank 2015
  • License CC BY-NC
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics Economics and Finance (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-287-419-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-10-1242-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-287-420-7
  • Series ISSN 2364-107X
  • Series E-ISSN 2364-1088
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 314
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Development Economics
    Economic Policy
    Social Policy
    Climate Change Management and Policy
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