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Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in ASEAN: An Analysis of Measures and Implications Going Forward

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  • Sudarno SUMARTO

    (The SMERU Research Institute)

  • Sarah MOSELLE

    (The SMERU Research Institute)

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This paper aims to review and analyse the mechanisms through which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) quantifies progress vis-à-vis poverty and socio-economic development. Drawing on analytic literature and international experience, this paper details specific reforms that the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community could consider adopting to holistically capture the specific vulnerabilities faced by the ASEAN region and more accurately measure progress in implementing the ASEAN post-2015 vision. These recommendations most significantly include revising the formulation of the purchasing power parity poverty line, harmonising data collection efforts and introducing an ASEAN panel survey, and leveraging the comparatively rich availability of household data among member states to create an ASEAN-specific multidimensional poverty index.

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  • Sudarno SUMARTO & Sarah MOSELLE, 2015. "Addressing Poverty and Vulnerability in ASEAN: An Analysis of Measures and Implications Going Forward," Working Papers DP-2015-63, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA).
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    Keywords

    : ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community; vulnerability; regional coordination; statistical harmonisation; non-income–based poverty measures;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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