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Poverty, inequality and growth in Albania

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  • Camilla Mastromarco
  • Vito Peragine
  • Felice Russo
  • Laura Serlenga

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type="main" xml:id="ecot12048-abs-0001"> This article studies the distribution of well-being and, specifically, the degree of poverty and deprivation in Albania, in the years 2002 and 2005, using Living Standard Measurement Surveys (LSMS). The distribution analysis is performed by applying both one-dimensional and multidimensional approaches, in particular to better examine the link between economic growth, inequality and poverty in Albania. Furthermore, by estimating a non-monetary indicator, as proposed by Bossert et al. ( ), and a nonlinear principal component model together with a probit model, the paper focuses on the multidimensional measures of poverty to address the relationship between poverty and socio-economic factors. Our evidence shows that absolute poverty decreased from 2002 to 2005 while national relative poverty increased; economic growth reduced poverty in Albania over the observed period; and living in rural and mountain areas, being female, poorly educated and with a large family increased the probability of suffering from deprivation.

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  • Camilla Mastromarco & Vito Peragine & Felice Russo & Laura Serlenga, 2014. "Poverty, inequality and growth in Albania," The Economics of Transition, The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, vol. 22(4), pages 635-682, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:etrans:v:22:y:2014:i:4:p:635-682
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