Regional Income Inequality and Well-Being: A Case Study in the Northeast of Thailand


Inequality issue on the regional income inequality has played an important role in economy, society and politics in Thailand. This issue is difficult to be eliminated within the short period. Evidently, the poverty problem has been diminishing, but inadequate distribution should still be concerned cautiously. In term of statistical reports, they are usually revealed by dividing people into groups by regions. People who live in the Northeastern region have been considered as the lower income group comparing to people in other regions. Many policy makers have tried to solve inequality and poverty problem with the aim to increase people�s income in term of money. However, money income is not sole indicator of the good quality of life or well-being although some people often use it to measure people�s well-being. As field surveys, the Northeast people who have lower income such as the farmer group significantly have life satisfaction. People with less money income can live with the good quality of life because they rely on self-sufficiency and sufficiency economy. The policy development in order to improve people�s quality of life and well-being should not only concentrate on income inequality or the income gap between regions. The policy that people need is not the transitory effect policies for the short-term but they need the policy that effectively elevate their quality of life and ultimately lead to well-being in the long term.

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Narissara Charoenphandhu, Rangsit University, Thailand

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Conference: ACBPP2014
Stream: Urban

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