Is Zakat Important in Reducing Poverty?
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- Zakat, Economic growth, ASEAN countries, Panel data.
Poverty is a problem in all countries especially in several countries in ASEAN. Some policies taken to diminish the poverty have not yet effective considering the poverty is still high in ASEAN countries. Considering ASEAN countries have a predominantly Muslim population who annually spend some of their wealth for zakat, it is important to study whether zakat can be effective to be used as one of alternative policy to improve the rate of economic growth which will ultimately have an impact on poverty alleviation as well. This study uses panel data analysis to compare the effect of zakat on economic growth in several ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam and Singapore from 2010 to 2015. The results show that zakat have a positive but not significantly effect on economic growth. Thus, it is recommended for the government to improve the implementation and evaluation of zakat distribution so that zakat can directly improve the welfare of people, and hence improve the economic growth in ASEAN countries.
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TY - CONF AU - Arfah Mahfuzha AU - Cut Zakia Rizki AU - Diana Sapha AU - Fitriyani Fitriyani AU - Abd Jamal AU - Weri Weri PY - 2019/01 DA - 2019/01 TI - Is Zakat Important in Reducing Poverty? BT - Proceedings of the 1st Aceh Global Conference (AGC 2018) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 558 EP - 562 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/agc-18.2019.83 DO - 10.2991/agc-18.2019.83 ID - Mahfuzha2019/01 ER -