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On distributional change, pro-poor growth and convergence


This paper proposes a unified approach to the measurement of distributional change. The framework is used to define indices of inequality in proportional growth rates, convergence, and pro-poorness of growth and associated equivalent growth rates. A distinction is made between non-anonymous and anonymous measures. The analysis is extended by using the notion of generalized Gini index. This unified approach is then implemented to study the link between income and other non-income characteristics, such as education and health. Empirical illustrations based on Indian data on individual educational achievements and on state wide infant survival levels highlight the usefulness of the proposed measures.

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Dhongde, S., Silber, J. On distributional change, pro-poor growth and convergence. J Econ Inequal 14, 249–267 (2016).

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  • Convergence
  • Educational achievements
  • Gini index
  • India
  • Infant survival
  • Pro-poor growth
  • Relative concentration curve