© 2002

Poverty, Income Distribution and Well-Being in Asia During the Transition

  • Aiguo Lu
  • Manuel F. Montes

Part of the Studies in Development Economics and Policy book series (SDEP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Manuel F. Montes, Aiguo Lu
      Pages 3-26
  3. Welfare Trends in Key Sectors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. Aiguo Lu, Paolo Verme
      Pages 58-80
  4. Country Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Karel Jansen
      Pages 133-158
    3. Mamta Murthi, Menno Pradhan, Kinnon Scott
      Pages 159-186
    4. Richard Pomfret, Kathryn Anderson
      Pages 187-214
    5. Sahiya Lhagva
      Pages 215-241
  5. Policy Conclusions and Recommendations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 271-271
    2. Aiguo Lu, Manuel F. Montes
      Pages 273-293
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 294-297

About this book


The Asian road to the market has generally been seen as a model of success and the object of widespread admiration. This volume evaluates the actual experience and debunks some of the most widespread myths. It does so by identifying the link between alternative transition models, public policies and household responses on the one hand, and key welfare changes on the other. Even in countries experiencing sustained growth, there have been unmistakable signs of deep social strain.


income distribution labor market poverty

Editors and affiliations

  • Aiguo Lu
    • 1
  • Manuel F. Montes
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of World Economics and PoliticsChinese Academy of Social SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.The Ford FoundationNew YorkUSA

About the editors

KATHRYN ANDERSON Graduate Programme in Economic Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, USA PAUL GLEWWE The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA KAREL JANSEN Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands and National University, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam DOOWON LEE Economics Department, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea SAHIYA LHAGVA Institute of Economics, Mongolian State University, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia ZHU LING Institute of Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China JENNIE LITVACK The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA MAMTA MURTHI Research Fellow, Centre for History and Economics, King's College, Cambridge, UK RICHARD POMFRET Department of Economics, University of Adelaide, Australia MENNO PRADHAN Free University, The Netherlands KINNON SCOTT The World Bank, Washington, DC, USA PAOLO VERME London School of Economics, UK

Bibliographic information


'The issues discussed in this book are most important and timely, with some essential lessons for balancing in the transition process to limit the (hopefully temporary) loss of welfare. I feel that these lessons can be carried over to South Asia, and especially Nepal, presently in a process of transition. Given the important and timely issues of the book, I recommend this publication.' - Nephil Matangi Maskay, General Secretary, Nepal Health Economics Association