Prosperity and Economic Development in Low Income Asian Countries: The Parallel World (Hardback) book cover

Prosperity and Economic Development in Low Income Asian Countries

The Parallel World

By Chiung Ting Chang

© 2016 – Routledge

224 pages

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Hardback: 9780415834124
pub: 2018-04-01

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In the re-emerging debate on de- growth, zero-growth, and sustainable growth, the focus has been placed on diminishing returns. That is, an increase in income does not guarantee an improvement in welfare. However, the other end of the diagram has rarely been explored. How is it that some countries are able to perform well in certain development indicators despite their low income?

This new volume explores the issues surrounding this question, and attempts to find an answer to it, through an empirical study of seven low income Asian countries; the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Bhutan, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The combination of interview result and data analysis emphasises the value of social capital and human capital in achieving a positive outcome. Preserving assets like family bonds, community ties, traditional skills and certain traditional values not only substitutes financial spending, but also generates or reinforces spiritual values. The findings demonstrate costs and benefits as well as conditions regarding how social capital and human capital replace physical capital in production enhancement and in welfare improvement.

Table of Contents

Part I Probe in the Parallel World 1. Low Income ≠ Low Development 2. The Big Dipper: The Seven Studied Countries PART II Development without High Income? 3. Longevity: Live Long without Being Rich 4. Literacy: Wisdom without High Income 5. Life Satisfaction: Happy without Money 6. Employment: Structure of Life and Source of Income 7. Government Budget: Maintaining/Improving Welfare under Budget Cut PART III Conclusion: Resistance is Futile? A People-Centred Development Route

About the Author

Chiung Chang is Associate Research Fellow in APEC Center for Typhoon and Society, ICIS, Maastricht University, The Netherlands

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Development Economics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Microeconomics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development