Structural Change, Inequality and Poverty Reduction in Thailand: Were Kuznets and Krugman Right?


About the Webinar

This webinar will consider relationships between economic growth, structural change, poverty incidence and income inequality, using data for Thailand covering the period since 1981. In the process, it tests two famous empirical propositions regarding economic growth in Asia. Simon Kuznets hypothesised that in a growing economy, income inequality would first rise and then decline. Paul Krugman hypothesised that Asian economic growth was almost entirely attributable to growth in the total quantities of factors of production used, rather than increases in their productivity. He described this process as ‘perspiration’ rather than ‘inspiration’. The data for Thailand support Kuznets but not Krugman.

About the Speaker

Peter Warr is John Crawford Professor of Agricultural Economics, Emeritus, at the Australian National University. He studied at the University of Sydney, the London School of Economics and Stanford University, where he received his PhD in applied economics. His current research is on the relationship between economic policy and poverty incidence in Southeast Asia. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and is a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Mar 31 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am