Blogs on middle-income trap

  • Population aging may affect economic growth in the PRC.

    Will Asia grow old before it becomes rich?

    Published on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

    Asian economies generally meet the conditions for a demography-driven middle-income trap, especially in East and Southeast Asia.

  • Aerial view of Astana, Kazakhstan.

    Is economic growth in middle-income countries different from low-income countries?

    Published on Wednesday, 11 October 2017

    A new ADB working paper provides insights into what factors drive growth at middle-income economies.

  • Most Asian countries entered the middle-income bracket just a few decades ago.

    Middle-income is no trap

    Published on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

    Considering an economy ‘stuck’ in an income segment is an incorrect characterization of how countries develop.

  • Historically it takes a typical middle-income country over half a century to reach high income.

    Can Asia reach high-income?

    Published on Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Total factor productivity growth in middle-income countries depends on innovation, human capital, and infrastructure.

  • Viet Nam has made successful transition from low- to middle-income status.

    How to bring about the Asian Century

    Published on Friday, 05 May 2017

    Asia has the potential to realize the Asian Century, but only adopting bold and visionary policies can help make this a reality.

  • Avoiding the middle-income trap in the People’s Republic of China

    Published on Thursday, 30 May 2013

    No one can say that the second largest economy in the world is trapped. Decades of structural change and rapid growth allowed for a swift transition from a low-income to a middle-income country. The challenge today lies in moving up to higher-income status. How could the People’s Republic of China (PRC) avoid the trap? 

  • Asia needs to invest more in its people

    Published on Monday, 18 February 2013

    Developing countries in the region have made good progress in increasing student enrollments and financing for education; however, heightened spending has not effectively translated into improved education outcomes. High dropout rates and low completion rates in education further exacerbate the situation in many countries.