An Asset-Based Approach to the Analysis of Poverty in Latin America

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Orazio Attanasio

University College London - Department of Economics; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Miguel Székely

Center for Education and Social Studies

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Date Written: October 1999

Abstract

Poverty reduction remains one of the main challenges for Latin America at the end of the 20th century. Most of the countries in the region are classified as middle income by international standards, and yet they register poverty rates well above what would be expected given their GDP per capita. The reason for this "excess poverty" lies in the high inequality in the distribution of resources.

Suggested Citation

Attanasio, Orazio and Székely, Miguel, An Asset-Based Approach to the Analysis of Poverty in Latin America (October 1999). IDB Working Paper No. 109. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1814653 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1814653

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