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

  • 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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    Volume (Year): 7 (1998)
    Issue (Month): 0 (December)
    Pages: 77-115

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:jafrec:v:7:y:1998:i:0:p:77-115
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