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Was Pro-Poor Economic Growth in Australia for the Income-Poor? And for the Multidimensionally-Poor?

Francisco Azpitarte ()

Social Indicators Research, 2014, vol. 117, issue 3, pages 871-905

Abstract: We investigate the pro-poorness of Australia’s strong economic growth in the first decade of the twenty-first century using anonymous and non-anonymous approaches to the measurement of pro-poor growth. The sensitivity of pro-poor growth evaluations to the definition of poverty is evaluated by comparing the results for the standard income-poverty measure with those based on a multidimensional definition of poverty. We find that Australian growth in this period can be only categorized as pro-poor according to the weakest concept of pro-poorness that does not require any bias of growth towards the poor. In addition, our results indicate that growth was clearly more pro-income poor than pro-multidimensionally poor. Counterfactual distribution analysis reveals that differences in the distribution of health between these two groups is the non-income factor that most contributes to explain this result. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014

Keywords: Growth; Pro-poor; Anonymity axiom (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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