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Consumption Poverty and Pro-Poor Growth in Bolivia

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  • Marta Moratti

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    (Department of Economics, University of Sussex)

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Using seven Bolivian household surveys conducted between 1999 and 2007, this paper provides a different picture of poverty dynamics in Bolivia. Consistent and accurate estimates of consumption are computed and used to create poverty profiles. Challenging the previous income-based poverty trend, it emerges that Bolivia experiences a very large poverty reduction from 2002 onwards, halving poverty headcount during the period of 2002- 2007. Growth incidence curves are also used to investigate the pro-poor component of the large welfare improvement. It shows that the poorest quintiles of the population, mostly represented by indigenous households, did benefit more than the rest of the population. The results suggest that Bolivian pro-poor growth significantly contributed to narrow the welfare inequality between indigenous and non-indigenous groups.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Sussex in its series Working Paper Series with number 1310.

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Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:sus:susewp:1310

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Keywords: consumption poverty; pro-poor growth; Bolivia;

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