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Pro-poor growth : A primer

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  • Ravallion, Martin

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These days it seems that almost everyone in the development community is talking about"pro-poor growth."What exactly is it, and how can we measure it? Is ordinary economic growth always"pro-poor growth"or is that some special kind of growth? And if it is something special, what makes it happen? The author first reviews alternative approaches to defining and measuring"pro-poor growth."He then analyzes evidence on whether growth is pro-poor, what factors make it more pro-poor (including the role played by both initial inequality and changing inequality), and whether the factors that make the distribution of the gains from growth pro-poor come at a cost to growth. The author identifies some priorities for future research.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3242.

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Keywords: Poverty Reduction Strategies; Services&Transfers to Poor; Public Health Promotion; Economic Conditions and Volatility; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Achieving Shared Growth; Governance Indicators; Economic Conditions and Volatility; Inequality; Services&Transfers to Poor;

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