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Testing for pro-poorness of growth, with an application to Mexico

Abdelkrim Araar (), Jean-Yves Duclos, Mathieu Audet and Paul Makdissi ()

Cahiers de recherche from Departement d'Economique de l'École de gestion à l'Université de Sherbrooke

Abstract: This paper proposes techniques to test for 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 lead 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)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2007
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Journal Article: TESTING FOR PRO‐POORNESS OF GROWTH, WITH AN APPLICATION TO MEXICO (2009) Downloads
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