Growth Strategies and Poverty Reduction
By Siddiqur Rahman Osmani | February 9, 2001
Abstract: Does a strategy that maximizes the rate of growth also represent the best strategy for reducing poverty? Or is there is a tradeoff between maximizing the rate of growth and maximizing the rate of poverty reduction? What kind of growth-promoting policies are best suited to the goal of poverty reduction, in other words, can some growth strategies be classified as more pro-poor than others? In what ways, if at all, might the pro-poor growth strategies be different for different countries depending on their particular circumstances, including their initial conditions and the stage of development? Does the ability of growth to reduce poverty depend on the initial conditions of a country, in particular, on its initial income distribution? These are some of the questions the present paper attempts to answer.
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