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A research note on the poverty dynamics and cost of poverty inequality: Case study of Indonesia

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  • Mai, Tung
  • Mahadevan, Renuka

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This study on Indonesia decomposes poverty gap using the equally distributed equivalent method and by tracking the poverty status of the same households over four time periods. Empirical evidence shows that unlike all previous studies on Indonesia, chronic poverty was far more prevalent than transient poverty over time. This was robust for developed and less developed provinces, Islamic and non-Islamic groups, and for various education levels of the household head. In addition, it was found that narrowing the cost of inequality in the poverty gap between households holds the key to reducing chronic poverty. This calls for a rethink of the poverty alleviation programs in place for a more targeted focus.

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  • Mai, Tung & Mahadevan, Renuka, 2016. "A research note on the poverty dynamics and cost of poverty inequality: Case study of Indonesia," Economic Analysis and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 49(C), pages 100-107.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecanpo:v:49:y:2016:i:c:p:100-107
    DOI: 10.1016/j.eap.2015.12.003
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    Keywords

    Chronic poverty; Transient poverty; Equally distributed equivalent poverty gap;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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