Assessing the Impact of Structural Adjustment on the Poor: The Case of Malawi

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Ronald Hicks

California State University, East Bay - Department of Chemistry

Odd Per Brekk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: November 1991

Abstract

This paper applies, through a case study on Malawi, a simple methodology indicating the first-round (i.e., price) effects of macroeconomic policies on real earnings of the poor. As the economic program in Malawi has not involved substantial exchange rate action or cuts in subsidies, the real incomes of the poor have been most clearly affected by the pricing policies of the agricultural parastatal and the overall anti-inflationary measures incorporated in the program; developments in minimum wages have also been important. The study suggests that, on balance, these various factors have led to an increase in real incomes of the poor over the program period.

JEL Classification: E64, I32, I38, O15

Suggested Citation

Hicks, Ronald and Brekk, Odd Per, Assessing the Impact of Structural Adjustment on the Poor: The Case of Malawi (November 1991). IMF Working Paper, Vol. , pp. 1-30, 1991. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=885137

Ronald Hicks (Contact Author)

California State University, East Bay - Department of Chemistry

Hayward, CA 94542
United States

Odd Per Brekk

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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