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Title:Prospects for pro-poor growth in Africa PDF Logo
Authors:Bigsten, Arne
Shimeles, Abebe
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2004/42
Abstract:This paper examines trends in income distribution and its linkages to economic growth and poverty reduction in order to understand the prospects for achieving poverty reduction in Africa. We examine the levels and trends in income distribution in some African countries and calculate pro-poor growth indices. Different growth patterns are simulated for Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, and South Africa. We conclude that the balance between policies aimed at growth and measures aimed at redistribution should depend on the elasticity of the growth-equity tradeoff. We also discuss what the appropriate ingredients of a pro-poor strategy would be in the African setting.
Subjects:pro-poor growth
Millennium Development Goals
income distribution
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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