Publication Date

January 2003

Publication Details

Harvie, C, The Contribution of Micro-enterprises to Economic Recovery and Poverty Alleviation in East Asia, Working Paper 03-07, Department of Economics, University of Wollongong, 2003.


The economic and social crisis that afflicted East Asia from mid 1997 produced the biggest setback to poverty reduction in the region for several decades, as well as aggravating social vulnerabilities. There were many dimensions to this, including: falling incomes; rising absolute poverty and malnutrition; declining public services; threats to educational and health status; increased pressure on women and children; and increased crime and violence. The objective of this paper is to analyse the potential contribution of one subset of small and medium sized enterprises, micro-enterprises and the role of micro-finance more generally, to regional economic recovery and poverty alleviation.