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An Asset-Based Approach to the Analysis of Poverty in Latin America

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  • Orazio P. Attanasio
  • Miguel Székely

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Poverty reduction remains one of the main challenges for Latin America at the end of the 20th century. Most of the countries in the region are classified as middle income by international standards, and yet they register poverty rates well above what would be expected given their GDP per capita. The reason for this "excess poverty" lies in the high inequality in the distribution of resources.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 3075.

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Date of creation: Oct 1999
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:3075

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  1. Datt, Gaurav & Ravallion, Martin, 1992. "Growth and redistribution components of changes in poverty measures : A decomposition with applications to Brazil and India in the 1980s," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 275-295, April.
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  1. Barja, Gover & Gigler, Björn-Sören, 2007. "The concept of information poverty and how to measure it in the Latin American context," MPRA Paper 48628, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Valenzuela, Irina, 2013. "Activos y contexto económico: Factores relacionados con la pobreza en el Perú," Working Papers 2013-013, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.
  3. Céline Charvériat, 2000. "Desastres naturales en América Latina y el Caribe: panorámica general del riesgo," Research Department Publications 4234, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.
  4. Céline Charvériat, 2000. "Natural Disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean: An Overview of Risk," Research Department Publications 4233, Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department.

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