Can Africa Reduce Poverty by Half by 2015? The Case for a Pro-Poor Growth Strategy
AbstractThis study uses simulations to explore the possibility of halving the percentage of people living in extreme poverty in Africa by 2015. A pro-poor growth-scenario and a constant-inequality scenario are compared. It is shown that initial levels of inequality and mean per capita income determine the cumulative growth and inequalityreduction required to achieve the target. The trade-off between growth and inequality varies greatly among countries and their policy-choices are thus quite different. In some cases small changes in income-distribution can have a large effect on poverty, while in others a strong focus on growth is the only viable option.
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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 23 Aug 2005
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Poverty; pro-poor growth; millennium development goals; Africa;
Find related papers by JEL classification:
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
- O15 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-AFR-2005-09-29 (Africa)
- NEP-ALL-2005-09-29 (All new papers)
- NEP-CMP-2005-09-29 (Computational Economics)
- NEP-DEV-2005-09-29 (Development)
- NEP-LTV-2005-09-29 (Unemployment, Inequality & Poverty)
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