Asia-Pacific Development Journal

The Asia-Pacific Development Journal (APDJ) is published twice a year by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific. The primary objective of the APDJ is to provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience, ideas, information and data on all aspects of economic and social development issues and concerns facing the region and aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation. The APDJ provides a scholarly means for bringing together research work by eminent social scientists and development practitioners from the region and beyond for use by a variety of stakeholders. The Journal aims to stimulate policy debate and assist policy formulation in the region.


Examining poverty and inequality across small areas of Islamic Republic of Iran; toolmaking for efficient welfare policies

Small area estimation techniques are frequently used in poverty mapping. For this paper, an econometric approach to small area estimation, known as the ELL method, was applied to estimate poverty and inequality indicators in small areas of the Islamic Republic of Iran. This study aims to determine patterns of poverty and inequality in small areas and household characteristics related to them in order to provide practical tools for a geographically targeted pro-poor policy. Drawbacks in the current Government welfare policy (uniform cash distribution) along with the diversity among provinces and small areas regarding scale of poverty and inequality and their correlates, as well as the level of living standards, underlines the need to utilize small area estimations as a tool for evidence-based policymaking.


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