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Assessing absolute and relative pro-poor growth, with an application to selected African countries

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  • Bibi, Sami
  • Duclos, Jean-Yves
  • Verdier-Chouchane, Audrey

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This paper proposes a multidimensional procedure for jointly assessing the absolute and relative pro-poorness of growth. It is also a procedure for testing whether poverty comparisons can be made over classes of indices that incorporate both absolute and relative views of poverty. Besides being robust to whether pro-poor judgements should be absolute or relative, the procedure is also robust to choosing over a class of weights to aggregate the impact of growth on the poor as well as over ranges of absolute and relative poverty lines. The test is applied to distributional changes in five middle- and four lower-income African countries, countries that have witnessed different impacts of growth in the last two decades. --

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Paper provided by Kiel Institute for the World Economy in its series Economics Discussion Papers with number 2011-34.

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Keywords: Pro-poor growth; absolute poverty; relative poverty; stochastic dominance;

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  1. Dollar, David & Kraay, Aart, 2002. " Growth Is Good for the Poor," Journal of Economic Growth, Springer, vol. 7(3), pages 195-225, September.
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  1. Jayaraj, D. & Subramanian, S., 2012. "On the .Inclusiveness. of India.s Consumption Expenditure Growth," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).

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