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Title:Measuring pro-poor progress towards the non-income Millennium Development Goals PDF Logo
Authors:Grosse, Melanie
Harttgen, Kenneth
Klasen, Stephan
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // Ibero America Institute for Economic Research 144
Abstract:In order to track progress in MDG1 and explicitly link growth, inequality, and poverty reduction, several measures of pro-poor growth have been proposed in the literature and used in applied academic and policy work. These measures, particularly the ones derived from the growth incidence curve, allow a much more detailed assessment of the distributional impact of growth and its link to poverty reduction. However, there are no corresponding measures for tracking the distribution of progress in non-income dimensions of poverty, and thus the distribution of progress towards MDGs 2-7. In this paper, we propose to extend the pro-poor growth measurement to non-income dimensions of poverty (particularly health and education). We empirically illustrate the approach for Bolivia and show that it allows a much more detailed assessment of progress towards MDGs 2-7 by focusing on the distribution of progress. Furthermore, this extension also allows an explicit assessment of the linkage between progress in MDG1 and MDGs 2-7 as well as extends traditional incidence analysis by quantifying outcomes in non-income dimensions of poverty along the income distribution.
JEL:D30
I30
O10
O12
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers, IAI, Universität Göttingen

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