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Exits from the Poverty Trap and Growth Accelerations in a Dual Economy Model

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  • Jean-Claude Berthélemy

    (FERDI - Fondation pour les Etudes et Recherches sur le Développement International, CES - Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne - UP1 - Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

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We propose a simple theoretical dual economy model to study the dynamics of an economy in which individuals move out of a poverty trap. These dynamics are characterized by growth acceleration. This model implies that poverty reduction could, under some circumstances, cause growth, rather than the other way around. We define a measurement of the growth impulse that could be triggered by independent exits from poverty and correlate it with observed growth accelerations. This correlation is both positive and significant, and it passes various robustness checks. .

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  • Jean-Claude Berthélemy, 2018. "Exits from the Poverty Trap and Growth Accelerations in a Dual Economy Model," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-01881333, HAL.
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    Keywords

    Growth acceleration; poverty trap; poverty reduction;
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    JEL classification:

    • O11 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Macroeconomic Analyses of Economic Development
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution

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