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On the urbanization of poverty

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  • Ravallion, Martin

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The author identifies conditions under which the urban sector's share of the poor population in a developing country will be a strictly increasing and strictly convex function of its share of the total population. Cross-sectional data afor 39 countries and time-series data for for India are consistent with the expected theoretical relationship. The empirical results imply that the poor urbanize faster than the population as a whole. But the experience across developing countries suggests that a majority of the poor will still live in rural areas long after most people in the developing world live in urban areas.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 2586.

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Date of creation: 30 Apr 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:2586

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Keywords: Urban Housing and Land Settlements; National Urban Development Policies&Strategies; Health Indicators; Health Information&Communications Technologies; Poverty Reduction Strategies; Poverty Assessment; Achieving Shared Growth; City Development Strategies; Health Economics&Finance; Urban Housing and Land Settlements;

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  1. Lipton, Michael & Ravallion, Martin, 1993. "Poverty and policy," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1130, The World Bank.
  2. Ravallion, Martin & Bidani, Benu, 1994. "How Robust Is a Poverty Profile?," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 8(1), pages 75-102, January.
  3. Haddad, Lawrence & Ruel, Marie T. & Garrett, James L., 1999. "Are Urban Poverty and Undernutrition Growing? Some Newly Assembled Evidence," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 27(11), pages 1891-1904, November.
  4. Gaurav Datt, 1999. "Has Poverty Declined since Economic Reforms? Statistical Data Analysis," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series archive-31, Monash University, Department of Economics.
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