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Growth, Inequality And Poverty: Some Hard Questions

  • Ravi Kanbur

    (Cornell University)

This commentary poses a series of progressively harder questions in the economic analysis of growth, inequality and poverty. Starting with relatively straightforward analysis of the relationship between growth and inequality, the first-level hard questions arise when we ask what policies and institutions are causally related to equitable growth. Some progress is being made here by the economics literature, but relatively little is known about the second-level harder questions – how a society comes to acquire "good" policies and institutions, and what exactly it is that we are buying into when we accept the number one Millennium Development Goal of the United Nations—halving the incidence of income poverty by the year 2015.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore in its series Working Papers with number 157.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 2004
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Handle: RePEc:sch:wpaper:157
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