Poverty, Income Distribution and Well-Being in Asia during the Transition

The Asian road to the market has generally been seen as a model of success and the object of widespread admiration. This volume evaluates the actual experience and debunks some of the most widespread myths. It does so by identifying the link between alternative transition models, public policies and household responses on the one hand, and key welfare changes on the other. Even in countries experiencing sustained growth, there have been unmistakable signs of deep social strain.

Table of contents
  1. Part I: Introduction
    Well-Being During the Transition in Asia
    Manuel F. Montes, Aiguo Lu
  2. Part II: Welfare Trends in Key Sectors
    Provision of Health Care and Education in Transitional Asia: Key Issues and Lessons from Vietnam
    Paul Glewwe, Jennie Litvack
    More Working Paper | Provision of Health Care and Education in Transitional Asia
  3. Part II: Welfare Trends in Key Sectors
    Labour Markets in Asian Transition Economies
    Aiguo Lu, Paolo Verme
  4. Part III: Country Studies
    Economic Reforms and Welfare Changes in China
    Aiguo Lu
    More Working Paper | Welfare Changes in China during the Economic Reforms
  5. Part III: Country Studies
    Poverty Alleviation During the Transition in China
    Ling Zhu
    More Working Paper | Poverty Alleviation during the Transition in Rural China
  6. Part III: Country Studies
    Economic Reform and Welfare in Vietnam
    Karel Jansen
  7. Part III: Country Studies
    Poverty and Economic Transition in Kazakhstan
    Mamta Murthi, Menno Pradhan, Kinnon Scott
  8. Part III: Country Studies
    Gradual Economic Reform and Well-Being in Uzbekistan
    Richard Pomfret, Kathryn H. Anderson
    More Working Paper | Uzbekistan
  9. Part III: Country Studies
    Mongolia: The Welfare Impact of Marketization
    Sahiya Lhagva
  10. Part III: Country Studies
    Democratic People's Republic of Korea: Structure of the Welfare System and Expected Impact of Marketization
    Doowon Lee
  11. Part IV: Policy Conclusions and Recommendations
    Sustaining Welfare During the Transition: Lessons from Asia
    Aiguo Lu, Manuel F. Montes
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'The issues discussed in this book are most important and timely, with some essential lessons for balancing in the transition process to limit the (hopefully temporary) loss of welfare. I feel that these lessons can be carried over to South Asia, and especially Nepal, presently in a process of transition. Given the important and timely issues of the book, I recommend this publication.' - Nephil Matangi Maskay, General Secretary, Nepal Health Economics Association