Roads and Poverty in Rural Laos: An Econometric Analysis

18 Pages Posted: 2 Feb 2010

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Peter G. Warr

Australian National University (ANU) - Crawford School of Public Policy

Abstract

The relationship between poverty incidence and road development is analyzed econometrically in this paper, in the context of rural Laos. Between 1997-1998 and 2002-2003, rural poverty incidence in Laos declined by 9.5% of the rural population. Approximately 13% of this decline can be attributed to improved road access. There is now a high return to providing dry weather access to the most isolated households of Laos, those with no road access at all. They constitute 31.6% of all rural households in Laos and are being left behind by the development of the market economy.

Suggested Citation

Warr, Peter G., Roads and Poverty in Rural Laos: An Econometric Analysis. Pacific Economic Review, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 152-169, February 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1546196 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0106.2009.00494.x

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