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.


Contribution of the urban poor: Evidence from Chennai, India

In the present paper, evidence is gathered on the contribution of the poor to the city economy, using the case of Chennai in India based on large primary surveys. We find that gender, education level and the salary status of the urban poor have a significant impact on their income. The paper takes into account the contribution made by informal enterprises located in the slums of the city. By aggregating across households and enterprises based on the primary surveys and extending this contribution to all slums in the city, we find that slums, which contain 19 per cent of the population of Chennai, contribute to 14 per cent of the city’s economy. The paper summarizes the policy implications of the research.


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