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Does Infrastructure Alleviates Poverty in Developing Countries?

B. Seetanah, S. Ramessur and S. Rojid

International Journal of Applied Econometrics and Quantitative Studies, 2009, vol. 9, issue 2

Abstract: Infrastructure has largely been ignored in the assessment of poverty in developing countries. This paper attempts to make some contribution in the establishing the ingredients to alleviate poverty by exploring the impact of infrastructure on the urban poor in sample of 20 developing countries, over the period 1980-2005. The results from the static fixed effect and also the dynamic GMM model both reveal that transport and communication infrastructure are indeed an efficient tool in fighting urban poverty. Panel causality analysis also validated the results. Hence the main policy concern is how to improve access of the urban poor to such an asset.

Keywords: Urban Poverty; Infrastructure; Developing Countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H54 I30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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