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African Development Report 2015 - Chapter 4: Gender inequality: A double break on poverty reduction


Recently, researchers and policymakers have been concerned with understanding why the continent’s high growth rates have had limited impact on poverty reduc-tion. As discussed in a previous chapter, measures of the growth elasticity of poverty suggest that the effect is even lower in countries where inequality is high. However, most of these measures consider inequality along the income dimension. At the same time, there is another type of inequality that deserves attention: That is the inequality between men and women, which continues to be substantial in many African countries.

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