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Title:Concepts and operationalization of pro-poor growth PDF Logo
Authors:Negre, Mario
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // World Institute for Development Economics Research 2010,47
Abstract:Growth that reduces poverty is often considered pro-poor regardless of whether the poor benefit from it more than the non-poor. Such growth could simply be termed poverty-reducing growth. This paper argues that for growth to be pro-poor it should disproportionally benefit the poor. The paper proposes an operational definition of pro-poor growth that restricts it to the cases in which the mean income of the poor increases proportionally more than that of the non-poor. A new index is proposed based exclusively on the redistributional component of poverty-gap changes obtained through an exact decomposition. It is then shown that this component measures how pro-poor growth is over a given period based on the above mentioned definition. The paper further presents several indicators for evaluating and monitoring the 'pro-poorness' of growth over time and concludes with an empirical illustration for the case of Honduras.
Subjects:pro-poor
growth
income
inequality
poverty decomposition
Honduras
JEL:C16
D31
D63
I32
O15
O54
ISBN:978-92-9230-284-9
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Working Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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