Assets and poverty traps in rural Bangladesh

Quisumbing, A and Baulch, R 2013, 'Assets and poverty traps in rural Bangladesh', The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 49, no. 7, pp. 898-916.


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Title Assets and poverty traps in rural Bangladesh
Author(s) Quisumbing, A
Baulch, R
Year 2013
Journal name The Journal of Development Studies
Volume number 49
Issue number 7
Start page 898
End page 916
Total pages 19
Publisher Routledge
Abstract Using longitudinal survey from rural Bangladesh, this article examines the determinants of land and asset accumulation over time and explores why some households may be trapped in asset poverty. Non-parametric and parametric methods are used to discern the shape of the asset accumulation path, and whether unique or multiple equilibria exist. We find evidence for concavity of the dynamic asset frontier but no evidence for multiple equilibria. It is suggested that the existence of well-functioning factor markets in rural Bangladesh and elsewhere in South Asia explain the contrasts between our results and those for several African countries.
Subject Agricultural Economics
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00220388.2013.785524
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