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

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

Volume (Year): 42 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (June)
Pages: 21-36

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Handle: RePEc:phs:prejrn:v:42:y:2005:i:1:p:21-36
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