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Progress for the Poor$
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Lane Kenworthy

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199591527

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.001.0001

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Growth Is Good for the Poor, If Social Policy Passes It On

Growth Is Good for the Poor, If Social Policy Passes It On

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(p.5) 2 Growth Is Good for the Poor, If Social Policy Passes It On
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Progress for the Poor
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Lane Kenworthy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.003.0002

Economic growth has been good for the poor in the world’s rich nations since the 1970s. But not always. Some countries have experienced lengthy periods of economic growth with little or no rise in the incomes of low-end households. When growth has trickled down to the poor, government transfers have been the principal conduit. It is in countries that have increased transfers in concert with per capita GDP that the incomes of the poor have tended to rise.

Keywords:   poverty, absolute poverty, low-end incomes, economic growth, trickle down, social policy, redistribution

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