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Working Paper 115 - Analyzing Pro-Poor Growth in Southern Africa: Lessons from Mauritius and South Africa


The recent years have witnessed an increasingly strong interest in the impact of economic growth on poverty. An important reason for this has been the establishment of the socalled Millennium Development Goals, which have set poverty reduction as a fundamental objective of development. In the literature on the linkages between growth, poverty and inequality, there is often a tension between macro and microanalysis. Although a search for general conclusions may seem natural at a macro level, it is increasingly acknowledged that careful micro work is needed to deal adequately with poverty issues (Shorrocks and van der Hoeven, 2004). The objective of this paper is thus to conduct a micro-level analysis of inequality and poverty changes in two Southern African countries.

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