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Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction: Measurement Issues using Income and Non-Income Indicators

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  • Stephan Klasen

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    (Universität Göttingen)

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This paper addresses two issues concerning the measurement of pro‐poor growth, a central concept for sustainable poverty reduction in developing countries. First, it attempts to clarify the debates about the definition and measurement of pro poor growth distinguishing between a weak and a strong absolute as well as a relative definition. The relevance of each definition depends on the purpose of the analysis as well as the assumptions regarding growthinequality trade‐offs. Given the focus of existing measures of pro‐poor growth on the income dimension, the second contribution is to present ways to apply the growth incidence curve and the Ravallion‐Chen framework of measuring pro‐poor growth to non‐income indicators. The analysis, which is applied to Bolivia for illustrative purposes, shows that the extension of the propoor growth toolbox to non‐income dimensions greatly improves our understanding of the trends in non‐income indicators along the entire distribution and thus greatly increases our ability to monitor progress towards the non‐income Millennium Development Goals (particularly goals 2‐6) and assess the linkages between income and non‐income poverty along the entire distribution. This can be of critical importance for poverty monitoring as well as policy interventions including the relative merits of growth versus direct intervention to improve the non‐income dimensions of poverty.

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Paper provided by Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research in its series Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers with number 142.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 08 Jun 2006
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Handle: RePEc:got:iaidps:142

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Keywords: Pro‐Poor Growth; Inequality; Non‐Income Poverty; Millennium Development Goals;

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  1. Francisco Azpitarte, 2012. "Was Economic Growth in Australia Good for the Income-Poor? and for the Multidimensionally-Poor?," Working Papers 278, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. S. Chandrasekhar & Abhiroop Mukhopadhyay, 2009. "Poverty in Indian cities during the reforms era," Indian Statistical Institute, Planning Unit, New Delhi Discussion Papers 09-07, Indian Statistical Institute, New Delhi, India.
  3. Grosse, Melanie & Harttgen, Kenneth & Klasen, Stephan, 2008. "Measuring Pro-Poor Growth in Non-Income Dimensions," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(6), pages 1021-1047, June.
  4. Olavarrieta, Sergio & Villena, Mauricio G., 2014. "Innovation and business research in Latin America: An overview," Journal of Business Research, Elsevier, vol. 67(4), pages 489-497.
  5. Abdelkrim ARAAR & Jean-Yves DUCLOS & Paul MAKDISSI, 2012. "Pro-poor indirect tax reforms, with an application to Mexico," Working Papers P56, FERDI.
  6. Michael Grimm & Kenneth Harttgen & Stephan Klasen & Mark Misselhorn & Teresa Munzi & Timothy Smeeding, 2009. "Inequality in Human Development: An empirical assessment of thirty-two countries," Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 6, Courant Research Centre PEG.
  7. Francesco Caracciolo & Fabio Gaetano Santeramo, 2013. "Price Trends and Income Inequalities: Will Sub-Saharan Africa Reduce the Gap?," African Development Review, African Development Bank, vol. 25(1), pages 42-54, 03.
  8. Anda Mariana David & Mohamed Ali Marouani, 2012. "Poverty Reduction and Growth Interactions: What Can Be Learned from the Syrian Experience?," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 30(6), pages 773-787, November.
  9. Adriana Cardozo & Melanie Grosse, 2009. "Pro-Poor Growth Using Non-Income Indicators: An Empirical Illustration for Colombia," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers 192, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.
  10. Tebaldi, Edinaldo & Mohan, Ramesh, 2008. "Poverty, Geography and Institutional Path Dependence," MPRA Paper 10201, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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