Social Choice and Welfare

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 65–96 | Cite as

Intertemporal pro-poorness

  • Florent Bresson
  • Jean-Yves Duclos
  • Flaviana PalmisanoEmail author
Original Paper


A long-lasting scientific and policy debate queries the impact of growth on distribution. A specific branch of the micro-oriented literature, known as ‘pro-poor growth’, seeks in particular to understand the impact of growth on poverty. Much of that literature supposes that the distributional impact should be measured in an anonymous fashion. The income dynamics and mobility impacts of growth are thus ignored. The paper extends this framework in two important manners. First, the paper uses an ‘intertemporal pro-poorness’ formulation that accounts separately for anonymous and mobility growth impacts. Second, the paper’s treatment of mobility encompasses both the benefit of “mobility as equalizer” and the variability cost of poverty transiency. Several decompositions are proposed to measure the importance of each of these impacts of growth on the pro-poorness of distributional changes. The framework is applied to panel data on 23 European countries drawn from the ‘European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions’ survey.



We are very grateful to Philippe Van Kerm, Robert Zelli, two anonymous referees and the editor for helpful suggestions and comments. This work was supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche of the French government through the program “Investissements d’avenir” ANR-10-LABX-14-01, as well as by the Fonds National de La Recherche Luxembourg, SSHRC, FRQSC and by the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), which is financed by the Government of Canada through the International Development Research Centre and the Canadian International Development Agency, and by the UK Department for International Department and the Australian Agency for International Development.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Florent Bresson
    • 1
  • Jean-Yves Duclos
    • 2
  • Flaviana Palmisano
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.CERDI (Université d’Auvergne and CNRS)Clermont-FerrandFrance
  2. 2.CIRPEE, Université Laval and FERDIQuebecCanada
  3. 3.University of Rome La SapienzaRomeItaly

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