For centuries, the countries of Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA) have endured stifling poverty. Poverty was most heavily concentrated in rural areas, but not confined to them. Over recent decades, rapid reductions in poverty incidence have occurred. It is now well-recognised that the central driver of poverty reduction over a long period is economic growth, broadly understood (Dollar and Kraay 2002). But is this account sufficient? Does the composition of the growth matter, including its sectoral...[Show more]
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