Income Polarization in Asia

36 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2013

See all articles by Maria Socorro Gochoco‐Bautista

Maria Socorro Gochoco‐Bautista

University of the Philippines, School of Economics

Carlos C Bautista

University of the Philippines, Diliman

Dalisay S. Maligalig

Asian Development Bank Institute

Noli R. Sotocinal

Asian Development Bank

Date Written: June 2013

Abstract

The subject of this study is income polarization, an important but neglected dimension of income distribution. Estimates of two measures of income polarization are obtained for the population, rural, and urban sectors using household survey data on expenditures per capita for a sample of Asian countries. The findings include the following: Income polarization and inequality, the latter measured using the Gini coefficient, are highly positively correlated; in most countries, urban income polarization is higher than rural income polarization; and lastly, higher rates of growth in GDP and per capita GDP, higher levels of educational attainment of household heads, and high rates of employment in manufacturing may be important in keeping income polarization at low levels.

Suggested Citation

Gochoco-Bautista, Maria Socorro and Bautista, Carlos C and Maligalig, Dalisay S. and Sotocinal, Noli R., Income Polarization in Asia (June 2013). Asian Economic Papers 12:2, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2285849

Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista (Contact Author)

University of the Philippines, School of Economics ( email )

Quezon City, Diliman
Philippines

Carlos C Bautista

University of the Philippines, Diliman ( email )

Virata School of Business
UP Diliman Campus
Quezon City, 1101
Philippines

Dalisay S. Maligalig

Asian Development Bank Institute ( email )

Kasumigaseki Building 8F 3-2-5
Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 100-6008
Japan

Noli R. Sotocinal

Asian Development Bank ( email )

6 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong City 1550
Metro Manila
Philippines

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