Is Growth Enough? Macroeconomic Policy and Poverty Reduction

Author/Editor:

Carlos A Leite ; Charalambos G Tsangarides ; Dhaneshwar Ghura

Publication Date:

July 1, 2002

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper investigates the existence of "super pro-poor" policies-that is, policies that directly influence the income of the poor after accounting for the effect of growth. It uses a dynamic panel estimator to capture both across- and within-country effects, and a Bayesian-type robustness check to account for model uncertainty. The findings confirm that growth raises the income of the poor, although this relationship is less than one-to-one. The analysis also identifies four super pro-poor conditions that are influenced by policy: inflation, government size, educational achievement, and financial development.

Series:

Working Paper No. 02/118

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

July 1, 2002

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451854091/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA1182002

Format:

Paper

Pages:

39

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