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On the urbanization of poverty, Volume 1
Author:Ravallion, Martin; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2586
Date Stored:2001/05/24Document Date:2001/04/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Health Information & Communications Technologies; Poverty Reduction Strategies; Achieving Shared Growth; City Development Strategies; Poverty Assessment; Urban Housing and Land Settlements; Health Indicators; Health Economics & Finance; National Urban Development Policies & Strategies
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Urban Development
Report Number:WPS2586Sub Sectors:Other Urban Development
Volume No:1  

Summary: The author identifies conditions under which the urban sector's share of the poor population in a developing country will be a strictly increasing and strictly convex function of its share of the total population. Cross-sectional data afor 39 countries and time-series data for for India are consistent with the expected theoretical relationship. The empirical results imply that the poor urbanize faster than the population as a whole. But the experience across developing countries suggests that a majority of the poor will still live in rural areas long after most people in the developing world live in urban areas.

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