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The Relationship between Structural Change and Inequality: A Conceptual Overview with Special Reference to Developing Asia

Joshua Aizenman (), Minsoo Lee () and Donghyun Park ()

No 396, ADBI Working Papers from Asian Development Bank Institute

Abstract: Structural change has a far-reaching impact on inequality. Extensive structural change is both a cause and consequence of the exceptionally rapid economic growth, which enabled developing Asia to raise living standards and reduce poverty at a historically unprecedented rate. The region has already begun the difficult and complex task of addressing inequality arising from structural change. There is a growing recognition that more sustainable growth supported by broad-based political and social support requires a growth strategy, which provides equality of opportunity, especially in education and employment. The newly developing more inclusive growth philosophy envisions expanded social protection systems and social safety nets to protect the poor and the vulnerable.

Keywords: inequality; structural change; developing asia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O15 O53 P46 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cwa, nep-dev, nep-fdg, nep-ltv and nep-sea
Date: 2012-11-13
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