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Removing the anonymity axiom in assessing pro-poor growth

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  • Michael Grimm

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The recent focus on ‘pro-poor growth’ led also to an intense debate on how exactly to define and to measure pro-poor growth. All suggested measures have in common that they are based on the anonymity axiom. Such a perspective may provide a very incomplete picture given that the common objective of most studies investigating the pro-poorness of growth is to test whether specific policy reforms where beneficial to the initially poor or not. I suggest a new concept of pro-poor growth which removes the anonymity axiom, and, using an illustration based on data from Indonesia and Peru, I check whether the assessment of pro-poor growth is different when an anonymous and a non anonymous approach to pro-poor growth is used. I also suggest an original decomposition of poverty changes over time which links both concepts. The results show that the choice of the approach has a drastic impact on the interpretation of the data. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2007

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Journal of Economic Inequality.

Volume (Year): 5 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (August)
Pages: 179-197

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:5:y:2007:i:2:p:179-197

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Keywords: anonymity axiom; convergence; decomposition; mobility; pro-poor growth;

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