Was pro-poor economic growth in Australia for the income-poor? And for the multidimensionally-poor?
journal contributionposted on 08.01.2019, 14:33 by Fran AzpitarteFran Azpitarte
We investigate the pro-poorness of Australiaís strong economic growth in the Örst decade of the XXI century using anonymous and non-anonymous approaches to the measurement of pro-poor growth. The sensitivity of pro-poor growth evaluations to the deÖnition of poverty is evaluated by comparing the results for the standard income-poverty measure with those based on a multidimensional deÖnition of poverty. We Önd that Australian growth in this period can be only categorized as pro-poor according to the weakest concept of pro-poorness that does not require any bias of growth towards the poor. In addition, our results indicate that growth was clearly more pro-income poor than pro-multidimensionally poor. Counterfactual distribution analysis reveals that di§erences in the distribution of health between these two groups is the non-income factor that most contributes to explain this result.
Financial support from the Ministerio de Ciencia e InnovaciÛn (grant ECO2008-03484-C02-01/ECON and ECO2010-21668-C03-03) Xunta de Galicia (10SEC300023PR) is gratefully acknowledged.
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