Ippei Tsuruga

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This paper was prepared during a master programme in Poverty and Development at Institute of Development Studies (IDS).



What is meant by pro-poor growth? What is the evidence on whether or not growth is pro-poor?

Pro-poor growth may have two meanings from an economic perspective: namely, absolute pro-poor growth and relative pro-poor growth: and from a non-economic dimension: human development. Each type of pro-poor growth is determined by different evidence as to whether or not growth is pro-poor. In this paper, I will clarify those definitions and evidence first, and then analyse the case of the growth of Bangladesh in the 1990s by using three dimensions of pro-poor growth in order to confirm which definitions of pro-poor growth were achieved. By this analysis, I will conclude that the country did not accomplish relative pro-poor growth due to an increase in inequality. Therefore, inequality reduction may be the policy to be practised in the future. Through this case study, I would like to confirm that analysing which definitions of pro-poor growth are achieved tells us policies to be practised for the achievement of pro-poor growth.


Bangladesh, Pro-poor Growth, Definition


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