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Effects of Reducing Inequality in Household Education, Health and Access to Credit on Pro-Poor Growth: Evidence from Cameroon

Boniface Ngah Epo and Francis Menjo Baye

A chapter in Inequality after the 20th Century: Papers from the Sixth ECINEQ Meeting, 2016, vol. 24, pp 59-82 from Emerald Publishing Ltd

Abstract: Abstract This paper investigates the effect of reducing inequality in household education, health and access to credit on pro-poor growth in Cameroon using the 2001 and 2007 Cameroon household consumption surveys. Results indicate that education and access to credit registered relative pro-poor growth driven by a fall in inequality. However, health failed to record pro-poor growth due to an increase in health-inequality at the bottom of the welfare distribution. In addition, equalizing education, health and access to credit among households, would increase average growth in household spending and pro-poor growth.

Keywords: Pro-poor growth; inequality; poverty and Cameroon; I3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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