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.
Rural informal sector Asia South East Asia development economics structural transformation economic liberalization economic openness inclusive growth unemployment underemployment
This paper was written in response to a joint call for papers by the World Trade Organization and the World Bank. A detailed and comprehensive abstract, on which this paper is based, went through the screening process of a WTO/World Bank selection committee.