Understanding Rural Poverty in Cambodia

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Country Economic Report
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Anders Engwall , Örjan Sjöberg , Fredrik Sjöholm
This study on Cambodia is part of a series of annual studies, undertaken by various Swedish universities and academic research institutes in collaboration with Sida. The main purpose of these studies is to enhance our knowledge and understanding of current economic development processes and challenges in Sweden's main partner countries for development co-operation. it is also hoped that they will have a broader academic interest and that the collaboration will serve to strenghen the Swedish academic resource base in the field of development economics. This report has been prepared by Anders Engvall, Örjan Sjöberg and Fredrik Sjöholm at Stockholm School of Economics. Drawing extensively on primary data from a recent socio-econonomic survey, it explores the the causes of rural poverty in Cambodia. The analysis shows that the main causes of poverty differ across regions and whether or not the household holds land. Intensifi cation of agriculture together with a diversifi cation of the economy and improved market integration are found to be crucial for reducing poverty.

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