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Industry Matters for Poverty: A Critique of Agricultural Fundamentalism


  • Rana Hasan
  • M. G. Quibria


We use a recently constructed cross‐country data set on absolute poverty to examine whether there is regional and sectoral variation in the relationship between poverty and economic growth. We find that the poverty‐growth linkage is strongest in East Asia and that this linkage is essentially driven by growth in the industrial sector. By contrast, industrial growth has had little positive impact on poverty reduction in any other region. These findings are consistent with the notion that East Asia's greater success in poverty reduction lies in its greater openness and market orientation, which created a pattern of labor‐intensive industrial growth that led to a rapid growth in employment and poverty reduction. Anhand neuer Länderquerschnittsdaten über absolute Armut untersuchen wir, ob es in der Beziehung zwischen Armut und Wirtschaftswachstum regionale und sektorale Variationen gibt. Wir finden, dass der Zusammenhang zwischen Armut und Wachstum in Ostasien am stärksten ist, und dass diese Verbindung vorwiegend vom Wachstum im industriellen Sektor abhängt. In allen anderen Regionen hatte das industrielle Wachstum wenig positiven Einfluss auf den Rückgang der Armut. Diese Ergebnisse stimmen mit der Vorstellung überein, dass die erfolgreichere Bekämpfung der Armut in Ostasien mit der grösseren Offenheit und Marktorientierung dieser Region zusammenhängt, wo durch Wachstum in arbeitsintensiven Industrien ein schnelles Wachstum der Beschäftigung und dadurch die Verminderung der Armut erreicht wurde. Nous utilisons une base de données transversales de récente construction pour examiner s'il existe des variations régionales et sectorielles dans la relation entre la pauvreté et la croissance économique. Nous trouvons que la relation entre pauvreté et croissance est plus forte en Asie occidentale et que cette relation dépend surtout de la croissance dans le secteur industriel. Par contre, la croissance industrielle n'a guère d'impact positif sur la réduction de la pauvreté dans les autres régions. Ces résultats sont conformes à l'idée que le succès dans la réduction de la pauvreté en Asie occidentale est dûà l'ouverture et l'orientation vers le marché de cette région. Par conséquent on observe une croissance d'une industrie à forte intensité de main‐d'œuvre qui déclenchait une croissance rapide de l'emploi et la réduction de la pauvreté.

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  • Rana Hasan & M. G. Quibria, 2004. "Industry Matters for Poverty: A Critique of Agricultural Fundamentalism," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 57(2), pages 253-264, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:57:y:2004:i:2:p:253-264
    DOI: 10.1111/j.0023-5962.2004.00253.x

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