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Road development, economic growth, and poverty reduction in China

Since 1985, the Chinese government has given high priority to building roads, particularly high-quality roads that connect industrial centers. This report evaluates the contribution roads have made to poverty reduction and economic growth in China…

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Growth, inequality, and poverty in rural China

In the past two decades, China has achieved world renown for reducing rural poverty. However, it is becoming harder to reduce poverty and inequality further in China, even though its economy continues to grow. This report compares the impact specific…

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Linkages between government spending, growth, and poverty in rural India

India spends more money on agriculture each year than any other developing Asian country. These expenditures (Figure 1) have contributed to the dramatic improvement in the country’s food security situation since the mid-1960s and to a steady decline…

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Linkages between government spending, growth, and poverty in rural India

This research report on India addresses an important policy issue faced by policy-makers in many developing countries: how to allocate public funds more efficiently in order to achieve both growth and poverty-reduction goals in rural areas. This…