Crecimiento pro-poor en Colombia 1996-2004

Type Working Paper
Title Crecimiento pro-poor en Colombia 1996-2004
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2005
The purpose of this article is to explain the concept, construct the measurement and underline the importance on the present
Colombian juncture of the Poverty Equivalent Growth Rate (pegr) developed by Kakwani, Khandker and Son (2004). The greatest
advantage of this indicator is that shows explicitly the relation between poverty, income distribution and growth. The analysis
of Colombia’s recent experience shows that economic growth has not benefited the poor in most of the evaluated years. Thus, an
explicit effort has to be made in order aim growth policies towards a better distribution of income. Particularly, concrete strategies
to enhance poor people’s accessibility to assets such as land, capital, credit and education have to be designed and applied.
Distributive policies can guarantee the goal of favoring the poor with economic growth. Escaping from poverty traps requires
that the regulation and the orientation and incentives of growth policies have a substantial distributive component.

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