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On Distributional change, Pro-poor growth and Convergence

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  • Shatakshee Dhongde

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    (Georgia Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)

  • Jacques Silber

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    (Bar-Ilan University, Israel)

This paper proposes a unified approach to the measurement of distributional change. The framework is used to define indices of inequality, convergence, and pro-poorness of growth and associated equivalent growth rates. A distinction is made between non-anonymous and anonymous measures. The analysis is extended by using the notion of a generalized Gini index. This unified approach is then used to study the link between income and other non-income characteristics, such as education or health. An empirical illustration based on Indian data on infant survival levels in 2001 and 2011 highlights the usefulness of the proposed measures.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 377.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2015
Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2015-377
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