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Growth, poverty, and inequality : a regional panel for Bangladesh

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  • Wodon, Quentin T.

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Most empirical work on how growth affects poverty and inequality has been based on international panel data sets. Panels can also be used within a country, if the analysis is carried out at the regional level. The author does this for Bangladesh, where regional panel estimates indicate that growth reduces poverty in both urban and rural areas. Growth is associated with rising inequality only in urban areas. Simulations based on these estimates indicate how much poverty reduction could increase in the next 10 years if growth were promoted in rural areas rather than urban areas.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2072.

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Date of creation: 31 Mar 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2072

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Keywords: Services&Transfers to Poor; Economic Conditions and Volatility; Public Health Promotion; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Environmental Economics&Policies; Governance Indicators; Poverty Assessment; Services&Transfers to Poor; Rural Poverty Reduction; Achieving Shared Growth;

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  1. Bose, Manik Lal & Dey, Madan Mohan, 2007. "Food and Nutritional Security in Bangladesh: Going beyond Carbohydrate Counts," Agricultural Economics Research Review, Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), Agricultural Economics Research Association (India), vol. 20(2).

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