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Dealing with Poverty and Income Distribution Issues in Developing Countries: Cross-Regional Experiences

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  • Ali, Ali Abdel Gadir

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The paper deals with the major empirical poverty and income distribution issues in the context of developing countries. To focus attention it starts with a simple poverty decomposition framework where a change in poverty is shown to be the sum of a change due to economic growth and a change due to income distribution. It is shown that when the poverty line is a function of mean income, the elasticity of the poverty line with respect to income plays an important role in determining the size of the change due to growth. Using a recent set of data on income distribution for developing countries, the paper then looks at income inequality and poverty in three developing regions (Latin America, Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa). Empirical results on the Kuznets curve, initial inequality, and growth and adjustment and poverty are reported and policy implications are drawn. Copyright 1998 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Ali, Ali Abdel Gadir, 1998. "Dealing with Poverty and Income Distribution Issues in Developing Countries: Cross-Regional Experiences," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 7(0), pages 77-115, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:7:y:1998:i:0:p:77-115
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    1. ALi Abdel Gadir Ali, "undated". "Poverty in the Arab Region: A Selective Review," API-Working Paper Series 0402, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    2. Bigsten , Arne & Levin, Jörgen, 2000. "Growth, Income Distribution, and Poverty: A Review," Working Papers in Economics 32, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
    3. Frances Stewart, 2003. "Income distribution and development," Chapters,in: Trade and Development, chapter 10 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    4. Belkacem Laabas and Imed Limam, "undated". "Impact of public policies on poverty, income distribution and growth," API-Working Paper Series 0401, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    5. Ali Abdel Gadir Ali, "undated". "Conflict Resolution and Wealth Sharing in Sudan: Towards an Allocation Formula," API-Working Paper Series 0305, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    6. Fosu, Augustin Kwasi, 2010. "Does inequality constrain poverty reduction programs? Evidence from Africa," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 818-827, November.
    7. Getahun, Tafesse, 2005. "The contributions of agricultural growth to poverty reduction in Ethiopia," Ethiopian Journal of Economics, Ethiopian Economics Association, vol. 14(1).

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