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Redistribution Matters: Growth for Poverty Reduction

  • Hulya Dagdeviren

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    (University of Hertfordshire, UK)

  • Rolph van der Hoeven

    ()

    (International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands)

  • John Weeks

    ()

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

Recent development literature has placed priority on poverty reduction, and on possible growth enhancement from a more equal distribution of assets and income. At the same time, empirical work consistently shows that economic growth is no more than distribution neutral. In that context, this paper explores the relationship among growth, inequality and poverty, and demonstrates the following general conclusions: 1) a re-distributive growth path is likely to be superior to a distribution neutral path (‘trickle down’) for reducing poverty; 2) a re-distributive growth path is always superior if both a country’s per capita income and inequality are relatively high; and 3) a static redistribution from the rich to the poor is superior to a redistributive growth path in its effect on poverty for most countries, but not for all. The paper then considers policies that might be used to make growth more equitable.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, SOAS, University of London, UK in its series Working Papers with number 99.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2000
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