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Pro-growth, pro-poor : is there a tradeoff?
 
Author:Lopez, J. Humberto; Collection Title:Policy, Research working paper series ; no. WPS 3378
Country:World; Date Stored:2004/09/22
Document Date:2004/08/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:The World Region
Report Number:WPS3378SubTopics:Environmental Economics & Policies; Achieving Shared Growth; Governance Indicators; Rural Poverty Reduction; Economic Conditions and Volatility; Inequality; Services & Transfers to Poor; Public Health Promotion; Poverty Impact Evaluation; Safety Nets and Transfers
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: Is a pro-growth strategy always the best pro-poor strategy? To address this issue, the author provides an empirical evaluation of the impact of a series of pro-growth policies on inequality and headcount poverty. He relies on a large macroeconomic data set and estimate dynamic panel models that allows him to differentiate between the short- and long-run impacts of the policies under consideration on growth, inequality, and poverty. The author's findings indicate that regardless of their impact on inequality, pro-growth policies lead to lower poverty levels in the long run. However, he also finds evidence indicating that some of these policies may lead to higher inequality and, under plausible assumptions for the distribution of income, to higher poverty levels in the short run. These findings would justify the adoption of a pro-growth policy package as the center of any poverty reduction strategy, together with pro-poor measures that complement such a package by offsetting potential short-run increases in poverty.

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