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Small Works: Poverty and Economic Development in Southwestern China

John A. Donaldson


How can policymakers effectively reduce poverty? Most mainstream economists advocate promoting economic growth, on the grounds that it generally reduces poverty while bringing other economic benefits. However, this dominant hypothesis offers few alternatives for economies that are unable to grow, or in places where economic growth fails to reduce or actually exacerbates poverty. This book draws on extensive fieldwork in two Chinese provinces—Yunnan and Guizhou—that are exceptions to the purported relationship between economic growth and poverty reduction. In Yunnan, an outward-oriented develop ... More

Keywords: poverty reduction, policymakers, economic growth, Yunnan Province, Guizhou Province, China, economic development

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801449680
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801449680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Donaldson, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Singapore Management University