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Poverty, Vulnerability and Family Size: Evidence from the Philippines

Large family size can be an important contributor to household poverty. This paper examines the case of the Philippines where an active population policy aimed at restricting family size could have an important impact on poverty reduction.

The paper presents results using nationally representative household survey data that demonstrate clearly how large family size can contribute to poverty and vulnerability through its impact on household savings, labor supply, parental earnings, and education of children.

The paper is the most systematic attempt to date to show the links between family size and poverty in the Philippines using household survey data.

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  1. Edgar
    (posted 01 August 2007 / 03:06:59 AM)

    I haven't really exhaustively read the discussion paper, just breezed through, so I might sound unfair, but I am now old enough to be highly distrustful of kneejerk reactions and conventional wisdom that suggest population is largely causative of family poverty. Has there not been enough research that large scale asset reform in highly skewed income distributive countries such as the Philippines is needed to industrialize a population and as a side effect put more females in the smokestack workforce? And this industrialization will lead to more families involuntarily spacing births? Come on, address land ownership first and produce indigenous jobs, rather than depending on migrant employment to create a surplus. Be more critical of theories that population is a major contributory factor to poverty.
  2. krisjoy
    (posted 22 March 2007 / 03:27:52 PM)

    It's not enough to just be aware that we are poor. Since the government posted ambitious poverty reduction targets, then the average 'juan' will continue to think rice is special for more years. I think what we need is to work as a nation, achieving realistic marks for developments in agriculture, land reform, population planning, security issues, among others. I am young and I am earning; however, I feel very poor seeing that many of my fellowmen do not eat rice and that the tax I religiously pay does not get to projects.
    (posted 06 March 2007 / 10:38:21 AM)

    poverty is a very hard opponent. if we want to have even a wee bit of development in our poor country, the government must see to it that poverty is lessened.
  4. Junior
    (posted 01 March 2007 / 09:05:08 PM)

    In our country corruption is the number one cause of poverty thanks.
  5. john
    (posted 11 July 2006 / 05:43:07 PM)

    Yes! It is evident here in the philippines
    because, as we can see now it is our problem ....thats all.

The views expressed in this paper are the views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), its Board of Directors, or the governments they represent. ADBI does not guarantee the accuracy of the data included in this paper and accepts no responsibility for any consequences of their use. Terminology used may not necessarily be consistent with ADB official terms.

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