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Role of SME in Poverty Alleviation in SAARC Region via Panel Data Analysis

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Department of Agricultural Economics and Management, School of Management, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310029, China
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St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
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Department of Accounting, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh 11586, Saudi Arabia
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Bahria Business School, Bahria University, Islamabad, P.O. 44000, Pakistan
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Sustainability 2019, 11(22), 6480; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226480
Received: 14 October 2019 / Revised: 5 November 2019 / Accepted: 10 November 2019 / Published: 18 November 2019
The key objective of the formation of the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is to join hands collectively for slow economic growth, poverty eradication, deprived health and education sectors. In the 12th SAARC Summit, it has been declared that poverty eradication is the main area of concentration and SAARC countries would strive their best to minimize all types of poverty with the help of any possible strategy. The main objectives of the current study are to evaluate the development of the agenda of poverty eradication in SAARC countries through small and medium enterprise (SME) development because it would be considered as a short-routed remedy to mitigate poverty. The poorest 20% income holder as a percentage of GDP has been used as the proxy for poverty in the SAARC region. SME development has been measured through the SME share in GDP in respective countries. The panel dataset has been developed for the period of 1990 to 2015. The fixed effect method (FEM) and regression equation techniques were used to analyse the observed data. The results of the FEM were misleading. The regression equations for the respective countries were used for empirical analysis. The results have identified that there are three main factors that are essential in reducing poverty in the SAARC region: SME growth, openness of trade and social sector development. View Full-Text
Keywords: SME; poverty alleviation; SAARC; asian region; development SME; poverty alleviation; SAARC; asian region; development
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Manzoor, F.; Wei, L.; Nurunnabi, M.; Abdul Subhan, Q. Role of SME in Poverty Alleviation in SAARC Region via Panel Data Analysis. Sustainability 2019, 11, 6480. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226480

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Manzoor F, Wei L, Nurunnabi M, Abdul Subhan Q. Role of SME in Poverty Alleviation in SAARC Region via Panel Data Analysis. Sustainability. 2019; 11(22):6480. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226480

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Manzoor, Faiza, Longbao Wei, Mohammad Nurunnabi, and Qazi Abdul Subhan. 2019. "Role of SME in Poverty Alleviation in SAARC Region via Panel Data Analysis" Sustainability 11, no. 22: 6480. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11226480

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