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The Effect of IMF and World Bank Programmes on Poverty

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Structural adjustment, as measured by the number of adjustment loans from the IMF and World Bank, reduces the growth elasticity of poverty reduction. Growth does reduce poverty, but the author find no evidence for a direct effect of structural adjustment on growth. Instead, the poor benefit less from output expansion in countries with many adjustment loans than in countries with few adjustment loans. By the same token, the poor suffer less from an output contraction in countries with many adjustment loans than in countries with few adjustment loans. [Discussion Paper No. 2001/102]
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  • Easterly, William, 2001. "The Effect of IMF and World Bank Programmes on Poverty," WIDER Working Paper Series 102, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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