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The poverty transition: when, how and what next?

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  • Renuka Mahadevan

    (The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia)

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This paper draws attention to an aspect of poverty reduction in rapidly developing economies that have enjoyed a sustained period of economic growth accompanied by a decline in absolute poverty. The paper sets out to show the following: First, growth that leaves income distribution unchanged necessarily involves the poor in its early stages. Second, as income grows and absolute poverty declines, and in the absence of distributional changes, the gap between absolute and relative poverty diminishes until it disappears at an identifiable transition point, after which the relationship between the two poverty types is reversed. Although this is examined in the specific context of the Malaysian economy, the analysis has much wider application and implications for poverty alleviation in particular, and policy development in general, as the latter will involve a more difficult balancing of growth and equity than in the past. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of International Development.

Volume (Year): 19 (2007)
Issue (Month): 8 ()
Pages: 1099-1113

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Handle: RePEc:wly:jintdv:v:19:y:2007:i:8:p:1099-1113

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  1. Perumal, Muniappan, 1992. "New Budget Standard Poverty Lines for Malaysia," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 38(3), pages 341-53, September.
  2. Jantti, Markus & Danziger, Sheldon, 2000. "Income poverty in advanced countries," Handbook of Income Distribution, in: A.B. Atkinson & F. Bourguignon (ed.), Handbook of Income Distribution, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 6, pages 309-378 Elsevier.
  3. Rasiah, Rajah & Shari, Ishak, 2001. "Market, Government and Malaysia's New Economic Policy," Cambridge Journal of Economics, Oxford University Press, vol. 25(1), pages 57-78, January.
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