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Jakarta Post

For richer, for poorer

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, November 21 2019   /  01:18 am

A recent survey by the SMERU Research Institute published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) confirms global findings that children raised in poverty will earn less than their more privileged counterparts. In Indonesia, this “income penalty” could see those from poor families earn 87 percent less than those raised in better off households . Many factors affect poverty alleviation, including the availability of roads and clean water, family background, nutritional intake, education quality and economic opportunities. Breakthroughs are needed in education, health, infrastructure, the labor market, food security and social spending as part of a concerted effort at poverty alleviation. Policymakers are scrambling for ways to lift people out of poverty — while there are 25 million people who are conventionally classified as poor, living under US$1 per day, according to Statistics Indon...