Testing for Pro-poorness of Growth, with an Application to Mexico
Abdelkrim Araar (),
Mathieu Audet and
Paul Makdissi ()
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This paper proposes techniques to test whether growth has been pro-poor. We first review different definitions of pro-poorness and argue for the use of methods that can generate results that are robust over classes of pro-poor measures and ranges of poverty lines. We then provide statistical procedures that rely on the use of sample data to infer whether growth has been pro-poor in a population. We apply these procedures to Mexican household surveys for the years of 1992, 1998 and 2004. We find strong statistical evidence that Mexican growth has been absolutely anti-poor between 1992 and 1998, absolutely pro-poor between 1998 and 2004 and between 1992 and 2004, and relatively pro-poor between 1992 and 2004 and between 1998 and 2004. The relative assessment of the period between 1992 and 1998 is statistically too weak to leaad to a robust evaluation of that period.
Keywords: Pro-poor growth; poverty; inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 D64 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: TESTING FOR PRO‐POORNESS OF GROWTH, WITH AN APPLICATION TO MEXICO (2009)
Working Paper: Testing for pro-poorness of growth, with an application to Mexico (2007)
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