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An Asset-Based Approach to the Analysis of Poverty in Latin America

  • Orazio P. Attanasio
  • Miguel Székely

Poverty reduction remains one of the main challenges for Latin America at the end of the 20th century. Most of the countries in the region are classified as middle income by international standards, and yet they register poverty rates well above what would be expected given their GDP per capita. The reason for this "excess poverty" lies in the high inequality in the distribution of resources.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 3075.

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Date of creation: Oct 1999
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Handle: RePEc:idb:wpaper:3075
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