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Crisis, Social Sector And Income Distribution In Some Southeast Asian Countries

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  • Mukhopadhaya, Pundarik

    (National University of Singapore)

This paper examines the social impact of the recent Asian Economic crisis, drawing on the results of studies in two countries: Singapore and Thailand. The economic crisis had interrupted three decades of steady growth that had been accompanied by remarkable progress in poverty reduction and a betterment of social indicators like health and education. In particular, this crisis is feared to have a large negative effect on household welfare. It is found that absolute poverty became more acute in Thailand and with the wake of unemployment and decrease in real wages, income inequality increased both in Singapore and Thailand. This paper has examined the effect of crisis on other social indicators, such as school enrolments, dropouts and health. It is observed that the crisis has exposed significant limitations in the ability of social safety nets to cope with a negative shock of this magnitude, and manifested the need for better targeting to help households tide over their difficulties.

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Paper provided by The European Institute of Japanese Studies in its series EIJS Working Paper Series with number 161.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2002
Handle: RePEc:hhs:eijswp:0161
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