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Global Estimates of Pro-Poor Growth

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  • Hyun H. Son

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    (International Poverty Centre)

  • Nanak Kakwani

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    (International Poverty Centre)

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    The main objective of the present paper is to present a cross-country analysis of pro-poor growth in 80 countries in 237 growth spells during the period 1984-2001. To achieve this objective, the paper proposes a new measure of pro-poor growth that captures gains and losses of growth rates due to changes in the distribution of consumption. The gains imply pro-poor growth, while the losses imply anti-poor growth. The statistical test carried out in the paper shows that regional location of countries has a significant association with the pro-poorness of growth. The paper also attempts to test for the association between growth patterns and certain variables that the literature has identified as significant determinants of growth and inequality. Out of many variables, the paper focuses on four, namely, inflation, the share of agriculture in GDP, openness to trade, and the rule of law.

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    Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 31.

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    Length: 27
    Date of creation: Oct 2006
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    Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, October 2006, pages 1-27
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    Keywords: Pro-Poor Growth; Growth; Poverty; Global estimates;

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    1. Pierre-Richard Agénor, 2004. "Macroeconomic Adjustment and the Poor: Analytical Issues and Cross-Country Evidence," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 18, pages 351-408, 07.
    2. Kaufmann, Daniel & Kraay, Aart & Mastruzzi, Massimo, 2005. "Measuring Governance Using Cross-Country Perceptions Data," MPRA Paper 8219, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Son, Hyun Hwa, 2004. "A note on pro-poor growth," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 82(3), pages 307-314, March.
    4. Atkinson, A B, 1987. "On the Measurement of Poverty," Econometrica, Econometric Society, Econometric Society, vol. 55(4), pages 749-64, July.
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    1. Deutsch, Joseph & Silber, Jacques, 2011. "On various ways of measuring pro-poor growth," Economics - The Open-Access, Open-Assessment E-Journal, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, vol. 5(13), pages 1-57.
    2. Eduardo Zepeda & Diana Alarcón & Fabio Veras Soares & Rafael Guerreiro Osorio, 2009. "Changes in Earnings in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico: Disentangling the Forces Behind Pro-Poor Change in Labour Markets," Working Papers, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth 51, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.

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