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Poorer but less poor : notes on the Philippine poverty trends 2000-2003


  • Rosemarie G. Edillon
  • Sharon Faye A. Piza

    (Asia-Pacific Policy Center)


This paper attempts to shed light on the debate sparked by the seemingly conflicting trend from 2000 to 2003 where we note a decrease in real incomes accompanied by a decrease in poverty incidence. A comparison of income and expenditure figures across space and over time gives us two important lessons: The first is that in order to have a radical impact on poverty reduction, we really need to bring the economy to a higher growth path. The second is that lapses in economic performance, even if only momentary, are costly in terms of poverty reduction efforts. We recommend that a comprehensive poverty alleviation program should include a macro growth strategy, efforts to improve linkages between the high-growth and broad-based sectors of the economy, and measures to address vulnerabilities among those who will graduate out of poverty.

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  • Rosemarie G. Edillon & Sharon Faye A. Piza, 2005. "Poorer but less poor : notes on the Philippine poverty trends 2000-2003," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 42(1), pages 21-36, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:42:y:2005:i:1:p:21-36

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    poverty; growth; welfare; Philippines;

    JEL classification:

    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • N35 - Economic History - - Labor and Consumers, Demography, Education, Health, Welfare, Income, Wealth, Religion, and Philanthropy - - - Asia including Middle East


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