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Inequality and the Impact of Growth on Poverty: Comparative Evidence for Sub-Saharan Africa

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This study explores the extent to which inequality affects the impact of income growth on the rates of poverty changes in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) comparatively with non-SSA, based on a global sample of 1977-2004 unbalanced panel data. For both regions and all three measures of poverty?headcount, gap, and squared gap?the paper finds the impact of GDP growth on poverty reduction as a decreasing function of initial inequality.

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  • Augustin Kwasi Fosu, 2008. "Inequality and the Impact of Growth on Poverty: Comparative Evidence for Sub-Saharan Africa," WIDER Working Paper Series RP2008-107, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
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