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Trade and Poverty Issues: A Country Case Study of the Philippines


  • Sta. Romana, Leonardo L.


This study begins with an overview of the poverty situation in the Philippines. It then takes a brief look at the poor in the rural areas, followed with a discussion of the poor in the informal sector. It then brings these two sectors together, with an examination of the poor and the urban/rural and formal/informal divides. It concludes with a discussion of the relationship among trade, poverty and the structural transformation of the Philippine economy.

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  • Sta. Romana, Leonardo L., 2017. "Trade and Poverty Issues: A Country Case Study of the Philippines," MPRA Paper 78432, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 16 Apr 2017.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:78432

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    Rural; informal sector; Asia; South East Asia; development economics; structural transformation; inclusive growth; unemployment; underemployment;
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    JEL classification:

    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • O2 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy
    • O53 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Asia including Middle East

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