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Assessing Socioeconomic Impacts of Transport Infrastructure Projects in the Greater Mekong Subregion

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  • Susan Stone

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  • Anna Strutt

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  • Thomas Hertel

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This study attempts to quantify the links between infrastructure investment and poverty reduction using a multi-region general equilibrium model, supplemented with household survey data for the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS). Infrastructure investment is an important step in economic development, with improvements in transportation infrastructure boosting economic opportunities throughout the region, for example by significantly reducing travel times and costs. In this study, we concentrate on quantifying the effects of some of the key linkages between upgraded infrastructure, economic growth, and poverty reduction. We model the impact of both reducing transport costs and improving trade facilitation in the GMS. Our findings suggest strong gains to the GMS countries as a result of infrastructure development and trade facilitation with national poverty reduced throughout the region. However, the impact on various segments of these populations differs, depending in part on factor returns. [ADBI Working Paper 234]

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Keywords: infrastructure investment; poverty reduction; Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS); economic growth;

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  1. Phouphet Kyophilavong, 2011. "Will trade liberalization in least developed countries help during the crisis? Evidence from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic," STUDIES IN TRADE AND INVESTMENT, in: Trade-led growth: A sound strategy for Asia, chapter 13 United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
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