Industrialization and poverty reduction in East Asia: Internal labor movements matter

Fukunari Kimura, Mateus Silva Chang

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Abstract

A number of developing East Asian countries have achieved both rapid economic growth and poverty reduction by effectively utilizing global value chains. An essential, but often neglected, condition for their economic development is smooth labor movements from the rural to urban sectors. This paper demonstrates that such labor movements have played an important role in the process of industrialization with global value chains. After conducting some international comparisons, we examine the case of Thailand for its massive labor movements until the mid-2000s as well as discussing stagnant moves in recent years.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Asian Economics
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2016 Oct 4

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Labor movement
Industrialization
East Asia
Poverty reduction
Global value chains
Economic development
Economic growth
International comparison
Asian countries
Thailand

Keywords

  • Agglomeration
  • Global value chains
  • Informal sector
  • Lewis model
  • Thailand

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics

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Industrialization and poverty reduction in East Asia : Internal labor movements matter. / Kimura, Fukunari; Chang, Mateus Silva.

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