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Determinants of the Growth Semi-Elasticity of Poverty Reduction


Sponsors: Thematic Group on Poverty Impact Analysis, Monitoring and Evaluation  

Presenter: Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen, Dept. of Economics)

When: October 2, 12:30 - 2:00pm  

The presenter will discuss a new approach introduced by Stephan Klasen and Mark Misselhorn to examine the relationship between growth and distributional change on absolute (i.e. percentage point) changes in FGT poverty measures assuming a log-normal distribution. They argue that conceptually this is a better way to study the impact of growth and distributional change than the often-used growth elasticity of poverty reduction. They test the empirical relationship of the derived semi-elasticities of growth and distributional change on poverty and find them to explain changes in poverty very well -- better than a related study by Bourguignon (2003) on the ’regular’ growth elasticity of poverty reduction. The authors claim that the relationship will allow one to predict where growth and distributional change will have the largest (absolute) impact on poverty reduction, which is useful for predicting and analyzing progress towards meeting MDG1.

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