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Poverty in the Philippines : An Update and Reexamination

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  • Arsenio M. Balisacan

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    (University of the Philippines School of Economics)

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What is known, based on official poverty data, about spatial poverty profiles (regional, provincial, or rural vs. urban) as well as poverty changes in recent years, is not quiet robust. The main problem is that the official practice for poverty comparison is somewhat inconsistent. This paper is proposes a practical approach to measuring the poverty spatial/subgroup comparison, as well as for performance monitoring of efforts to reduce absolute poverty. The approach is employed to construct new poverty profiles based on nationwide household surveys covering the late 1990s. The paper also examines how initial living standards and socioeconomic characteristics have influenced household responses to the Asian economic crisis.

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Article provided by University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society in its journal Philippine Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 38 (2001)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 15-52

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Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:38:y:2001:i:1:p:15-52

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Keywords: welfare; living standards; poverty; poverty lines;

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  1. Lanzona, Leonardo & Aldaba, Fernando T. & Tamangan, Ronald J., 2004. "A National Policy Study on Child Labour and Development in the Philippines," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2004-15, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.
  2. Vodopivec, Milan & Raju, Dhushyanth, 2002. "Income support systems for the unemployed : issues and options," Social Protection Discussion Papers 25529, The World Bank.
  3. Abuzar Asra, 1999. "Urban-Rural Differences in Costs of Living and Their Impact on Poverty Measures," Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(3), pages 51-69.
  4. Datt, Gaurav & Hoogeveen, Hans, 2003. "El Nino or El Peso? Crisis, Poverty and Income Distribution in the Philippines," World Development, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 31(7), pages 1103-1124, July.
  5. repec:phd:pjdevt:pjd_2006_vol._xxxiii_nos._1and2-c is not listed on IDEAS
  6. Solita C. Monsod and Toby C. Monsod, 2003. "Philippines: Case Study on Human Development Progress Towards the MDG at the Sub-National Level," Human Development Occasional Papers (1992-2007), Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) HDOCPA-2003-09, Human Development Report Office (HDRO), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
  7. Jose Ramon Albert & Wilma Molano, 2009. "Estimation of the Food Poverty Line," Development Economics Working Papers 22948, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  8. Fuwa, Nobuhiko, 2003. "Pathways from Poverty toward Middle Class: Determinants of Socio-economic Class Mobility in the Rural Philippines," MPRA Paper 23690, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  9. Schady, Norbert R., 2001. "Convexity and sheepskin effects in the human capital earnings function : recent evidence for Filipino men," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2566, The World Bank.
  10. Esguerra, Jude H. & Ogawa, Makoto & Vodopivec, Milan, 2002. "Options of public income support for the unemployed in the Philippines and social protection," Social Protection Discussion Papers 25509, The World Bank.
  11. Albert, Jose Ramon G. & Molano, Wilma, 2009. "Estimation of the Food Poverty Line," Discussion Papers, Philippine Institute for Development Studies DP 2009-14, Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

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