Identifying a Sustained Pathway to Multidimensional Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Two Chinese Provinces
Journal of Development Studies
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You, J., Kontoleon, A., & Wang, S. (2017). Identifying a Sustained Pathway to Multidimensional Poverty Reduction: Evidence from Two Chinese Provinces. Journal of Development Studies https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2017.1371295
Poor rural households in developing countries often endure many-faceted burdens including monetary poverty, nutrition deficiency and energy shortage due to reliance on limited local natural resources with low utilisation efficiency. We investigate a sustained pathway in rural China to escape the vicious circle between three important dimensions of poverty – deficiency of income, malnutrition and low energy consumption profile in terms of reliance on firewood. By exploiting household panel data, we identify three inter-locking deprivations. Firewood plantations offer short-term solutions to break them through income effects, while the effective long-term means are increasing agricultural labour productivity and provision of agricultural loans. There are no household-level returns to rural electrification or infrastructure.
multidimensional poverty, energy, nutrition, firewood, dynamic causal effect, China
This research is supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (Grant No.: 15XNA005).
British Academy (SG143264)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220388.2017.1371295
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/267791