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Dealing with Poverty and Income Distribution Issues in Developing Countries: Cross-Regional Experiences

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  • Ali, Ali Abdel Gadir
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    The paper deals with the major empirical poverty and income distribution issues in the context of developing countries. To focus attention it starts with a simple poverty decomposition framework where a change in poverty is shown to be the sum of a change due to economic growth and a change due to income distribution. It is shown that when the poverty line is a function of mean income, the elasticity of the poverty line with respect to income plays an important role in determining the size of the change due to growth. Using a recent set of data on income distribution for developing countries, the paper then looks at income inequality and poverty in three developing regions (Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa). Empirical results on the Kuznets curve, initial inequality, and growth and adjustment and poverty are reported and policy implications are drawn. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE) in its journal Journal of African Economies.

    Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 0 (December)
    Pages: 77-115

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:7:y:1998:i:0:p:77-115

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    Cited by:
    1. Ali Abdel Gadir Ali, . "Conflict Resolution and Wealth Sharing in Sudan: Towards an Allocation Formula," API-Working Paper Series 0305, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    2. Frances Stewart, . "Income Distribution and Development," QEH Working Papers qehwps37, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
    3. Bigsten, Arne & Levin, Jorgen, 2001. "Growth, Income Distribution, and Poverty: A Review," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    4. Belkacem Laabas and Imed Limam, . "Impact of public policies on poverty, income distribution and growth," API-Working Paper Series 0401, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    5. ALi Abdel Gadir Ali, . "Poverty in the Arab Region: A Selective Review," API-Working Paper Series 0402, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.

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