Poverty and Access to Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea

UC Davis Working Paper No. 02-008

36 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2003

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John Gibson

University of Waikato; Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

Scott Rozelle

University of California, Davis - Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Date Written: 2002

Abstract

In this paper, our overall goal is to understand how effective access to infrastructure is in reducing poverty in PNG. To meet this goal, we examine poverty in PNG, and seek to show the relationship between poverty and access to infrastructure and then identify the determinants of poverty. In our analysis, we test whether or not access to infrastructure is a significant factor in a household's poverty status. Finally, we want to understand what policies will be effective in overcoming poverty in PNG. Our results show that poverty in PNG is primarily rural and is associated with those in communities with poor access to services, markets, and transportation. Our simulations illustrate that improving access to school leads to large declines in poverty. Increasing access to poverty for those that are currently most isolated would have a significant effect in decreasing the severity of poverty.

Keywords: Poverty, Papua New Guinea

JEL Classification: I32, O15

Suggested Citation

Gibson, John and Rozelle, Scott, Poverty and Access to Infrastructure in Papua New Guinea (2002). UC Davis Working Paper No. 02-008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=334140 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.334140

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