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Growth And The Poor: A Comment On Dollar And Kraay


  • Malte Lübker

    (Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK)

  • Graham Smith

    () (Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK)

  • John Weeks

    () (Department of Development Studies, SOAS, University of London, UK)


In a recent paper Dollar and Kraay come to sweeping conclusions about economic growth and the poor. On the basis of the empirical work they assert that standard World Bank and IMF policy packages are good for the poor. This critique demonstrates that (i) the empirical work is based on theoretically unsound equations; (ii) the data are seriously flawed; and (iii) the policy variables are not defined appropriately and are tested in an inconsistent manner. These problems imply that the policy conclusions of the authors are unsafe.

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  • Malte Lübker & Graham Smith & John Weeks, 2000. "Growth And The Poor: A Comment On Dollar And Kraay," Working Papers 100, Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK.
  • Handle: RePEc:soa:wpaper:100

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    1. Kanbur, Ravi, 2000. "Income distribution and development," Handbook of Income Distribution,in: A.B. Atkinson & F. Bourguignon (ed.), Handbook of Income Distribution, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 13, pages 791-841 Elsevier.
    2. Atkinson, A.B. & Brandolini, A., 2000. "Promise and Pitfalls in the Use of 'Secondary' Data -Sets: Income Inequality in OECD Countries," Papers 379, Banca Italia - Servizio di Studi.
    3. John Weeks, 1997. "Analysis of the Demery and Squire 'Adjustment and Poverty' Evidence," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 9(6), pages 827-836.
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