Growth with Equity is Better for the Poor

CIRPEE Working Paper No. 06-40

38 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2006 Last revised: 16 Jul 2018

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Sami Bibi

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Date Written: November 1, 2006


Putting the combat against poverty to the fore as the main objective of the development process has raised the issue of the linkage between economic growth, inequality and poverty. There is now a growing agreement that both the rate and the distributional impact of growth are important in fighting poverty. This means that pro-poorness of a given growth rate is more important in certain cases than in others. Using complete and partial poverty orderings, this paper suggests indices of pro-poor growth according to different ethical principles. Evidence from Mexico and Tunisia shows that economic growth periods were to a large extent equitable and even largely pro-poor during the last two decades.

Keywords: Pro-poor growth, Poverty measurement, Robustness analysis

JEL Classification: D31, D63, I32, O40

Suggested Citation

Bibi, Sami, Growth with Equity is Better for the Poor (November 1, 2006). CIRPEE Working Paper No. 06-40. Available at SSRN: or

Sami Bibi (Contact Author)

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

2325 Rue de l'Université
Quebec Canada, QC G1K 7P4

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