Measuring purchasing power is an effective way to track economic recovery after the pandemic, estimate the real sizes of economies, and gauge poverty.
Kaushal Joshi is the regional coordinator for International Comparison Program (ICP) for Asia and the Pacific. Kaushal’s work supports statistical capacity building in developing Asian Development Bank (ADB)-member economies covering a wide range of social and economic statistics including gender statistics and in legal and institutional strengthening of national statistical systems. Prior to joining ADB in 2007, he served in the Indian Statistical Service, where he managed large-scale sample surveys, national accounts statistics, and national statistical strategy. He has 28 years of experience in official statistics development.
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The pandemic is putting pressure on small enterprises, which are disproportionately owned or controlled by men. The right policies could help close the gender gap.
Collecting sex-disaggregated data on asset ownership is an important step in achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific.
It's time to come up with a better way than the GFCF (GG) indicator to measure public infrastructure investment.