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Pro-poor Growth

Warr, Peter

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Pro-poor growth is often advocated but seldom defined. Some proposed definitions and associated measures are reviewed in this paper. Much of this literature stresses the importance of reducing economic inequality. A basic source of confusion is whether inequality reduction is desired as a means for reducing poverty or as an end in itself. This paper argues that if it is the former, as is usually said, the pro-poor growth literature tends to overstate the importance of reducing inequality, or...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorWarr, Peter
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:45:46Z
dc.identifier.issn0818-9935
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/79945
dc.description.abstractPro-poor growth is often advocated but seldom defined. Some proposed definitions and associated measures are reviewed in this paper. Much of this literature stresses the importance of reducing economic inequality. A basic source of confusion is whether inequality reduction is desired as a means for reducing poverty or as an end in itself. This paper argues that if it is the former, as is usually said, the pro-poor growth literature tends to overstate the importance of reducing inequality, or avoiding an increase. Growth that is most effective at reducing poverty does not necessarily coincide with growth that reduces inequality. This literature is overly pre-occupied with statistical evaluation of the outcomes of economic events, based on changes in the distribution of household incomes or expenditures. What is most needed is solidly based empirical research on the manner and extent to which alternative growth strategies influence the rate of poverty reduction.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceAsian-Pacific Economic Literature
dc.subjectKeywords: economic development; growth; poverty
dc.titlePro-poor Growth
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume19
dc.date.issued2005
local.identifier.absfor140219 - Welfare Economics
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub8298
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationWarr, Peter, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage17
local.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1467-8411.2005.00165.x
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T10:25:05Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-33745230008
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