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Authors: 
Fuwa, Nobuhiko
Balisacan, Arsenio M.
Bresciani, Fabrizio
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper, School of Economics, University of the Philippines 2011-10
Abstract: 
The main driver of poverty reduction has shifted from agricultural to non-agricultural income growth in rural Philippines in the past two decades. Agricultural growth is still relatively more important (vis-à-vis non-agricultural growth), however, in reducing rural poverty in relatively more isolated provinces. Our results suggest that agricultural investments should focus on areas with underdeveloped infrastructure but with comparative advantage in agriculture. At the same time, non-agricultural income growth can be made more pro-poor by investing in mobility infrastructure and health, facilitating international labor migration, and lowering income inequality.
Subjects: 
poverty
growth and inequality
pro-poor growth
role of agriculture
the Philippines
Asia
JEL: 
I32
O13
O15
O40
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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