Living Standards in Southeast Asia
Living Standards in Southeast Asia
Changes over the Long Twentieth Century, 1900-2015
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Preface Chapter One: Assessing Changes in Living Standards in Southeast Asia in the 20th and Early 21st Centuries: What Indicators Should We Look At? Chapter Two: The Colonial Period: Population and Output Growth in Agricultural and Non-agricultural Sectors Chapter Three: The Colonial Period: Measures of Welfare and Changing Living Standards Chapter Four: Confronting the Challenges of Independence Chapter Five: Estimating Poverty and Inequality: Country Estimates from the 1950s to the 1970s Chapter Six: The 1980s and the 1990s: The Fast and the Slow in Southeast Asia Chapter Seven: Growth, Poverty and Distribution in the Early 21st Century The Impact of Accelerated Growth after 2004: The Evidence from National Poverty Lines Creating Internationally Comparable Poverty Estimates Trends in Inequality: 2005-15 Flaws in the Household Surveys Should Monetary Estimates be Abandoned? Human Development Rankings Inequality in Non-monetary Indicators Chapter Eight: Government Policy Interventions Chapter Nine: What Have We Learned? Concluding Comments Bibliography Index

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"Living Standards in Southeast Asia is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in South East Asian development over the last century. It is a highly useful introduction to an overwhelming body of literature; no one knows more about the measurement of long-run living standards in South East Asia than Booth, and this book proves it. Moreover, the book contains clear warnings against the uncritical use of quantitative estimates of living standards, not only for scholars working on South East Asia but for economists and economic historians more generally. Indeed, it is a recommended read for all those quantitatively-inclined researchers working with (historical) development measures."
- Pim de Zwart, Wageningen University, South East Asia Research (2022)

Anne Booth

Living Standards in Southeast Asia

Changes over the Long Twentieth Century, 1900-2015

Living Standards in Southeast Asia: Changes over the Long Twentieth Century, 1900-2015 examines changes in living standards across the ten countries of Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) from the early years of the 20th century to the early 21st century. It covers both the last decades of the colonial period, the transition to independence and the decades from 1960 to the 2010s. The study uses a range of monetary and non-monetary indicators to assess how living standards have changed over time. It examines the outcomes in the context of debates about economic growth, inequality and poverty alleviation which began in the 1960s and 1970s, and continue to the present.
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Anne Booth

Anne Booth graduated from Victoria University, Wellington, and then did graduate work at the Australian National University. She subsequenty taught at the University of Singapore for three years before returning to the ANU as a research fellow. In 1991, she accepted a chair at SOAS, University of London, and worked there until she retired in 2014. She was awarded a Lee Kong Chian fellowship in 2015/16, which allowed her to carry out research for this monograph at Stanford University and the National University of Singapore.