Poverty & Inequality
Indonesia’s poverty and food security rate have been improving since the country’s recovery from the 1997 economic crisis. Poverty rates fell from 23.4% in 1999 to 15.4% in 2008. Despite the progress, however, approximately 15% of the population still lives in poverty. In addition, inequality continues to rise in Indonesia. Rising inequality can not only result in increases in extreme poverty, but can also harm social stability and economic growth.
Poverty and inequality remain central to all of SMERU's research. In 2014, we updated our Poverty Map, which details the poverty level and livelihood conditions of 76,125 villages across Indonesia. SMERU has also recently examined the impact of inequality on social cohesion, as well as economic growth and unemployment. SMERU continues to be a leader in Indonesia on poverty research.
Safety Nets and Safety Ropes: Comparing the Dynamic Benefit Incidence of Two Indonesian JPS ProgramsFebruary, 2000
Results of a SMERU Conference on Monitoring the Social Impact of the Crisis: Lessons Learned in 1999December, 1999
The Indonesian Crisis and its Impacts on Household Welfare, Poverty Transitions, and Inequality: Evidence from Matched Households in 100 Village SurveySeptember, 1999