Income Gap, Outcome Bad

By Ooi Kee Beng

November 2012 EDITORIAL
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It is certainly true that never before in human history have so many been lifted out of poverty as has been the case in East Asia over the last few decades. The suggested reasons for these are many, though few of them easily agreed upon.In China, the poverty rate fell from 85% of the population to 27% between 1981 and 2004. This means an incredible 600 million moved above the poverty line, for we are, after all, talking about the...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: