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Growth, Poverty and Inequality : Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union.

Author: Alam, Asad.; Mamta MurthiRuslan YemtsovEdmundo MurrugarraNora DudwickAll authors
Publisher: World Bank Group 2005.
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" ... A most interesting report. I have read it with considerable interest, and have learned a lot. It tells a clear story, and it contains a lot of interesting material."--Anthony Atkinson, Professor Nuffield CollegeOxford University, United Kingdom "The key conclusion of the report is that rapid economic growth is fundamentally important for job creation and, consequently, reducing poverty."--Ewa Balcerowicz,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic resource
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alam, Asad.; Mamta Murthi; Ruslan Yemtsov; Edmundo Murrugarra; Nora Dudwick; Ellen Hamilton; Erwin Tiongson
OCLC Number: 744949106
Description: 1 online resource (322)
Contents: Cover --
Table of Contents --
Foreword --
Acknowledgments --
Acronyms and Abbreviations --
Overview --
Trends in Poverty in the Region, 1998 ... 2003 --
Factors Contributing to Poverty Reduction, 1998 ... 2003 --
Nonincome Dimensions of Well-Being, 1998 ... 2003 --
Prospects for Poverty Reduction --
The Role for Public Policy --
Conclusions --
1. Nature and Evolution of Poverty, 1998 ... 2003 --
Introduction --
Consumption Poverty --
Poverty in Nonincome Dimensions --
Conclusions --
2. How Has Poverty Responded to Growth? --
Growth and Poverty Reduction --
Growth Elasticities, or, How Responsive Is Poverty Reduction to Growth? --
Changes in Distribution, What Happened and Why --
The Relative Shares of Growth and Changes in Distribution in Poverty Reduction --
Rural-Urban and Other Subnational Differences in Poverty Reduction --
Conclusions --
3. The Role of Labor Markets and Safety Nets --
How the Poor Can Connect to Growth --
Economic Opportunities Have Expanded --
The Poor Took Advantage of New Opportunities --
Why Are Many Workers in the Region Still Poor? --
Conclusions and Policy Recommendations --
4. Affordable Access to Quality Services --
Education --
Access to, and Affordability of, Health Services --
Energy and Other Utility Services --
Conclusions --
5. Prospects for Poverty Reduction --
Alternative Scenarios for Growth, Poverty Reduction, and Inequality --
Patterns of Growth: Implications for Growth and Inequality --
The Role for Public Policy --
Conclusions --
Appendix --
A. Data and Methodology --
B. Key Poverty Indicators --
Bibliography --
Index --
Boxes --
1 Using Purchasing Power Parity to Measure Poverty --
2 Nonincome Dimensions of Poverty and Millennium Development Goals in the Region --
3 Data for This Report: The World Bank's ECA Household Survey Archive --
1.1 What Is an Appropriate Poverty Line for the Region? --
1.2 What Would Someone in the Region Living on Two Dollars a Day Consume? --
1.3 National Poverty Assessments Confirm Poverty Trends Based on International Poverty Lines --
1.4 Vulnerable Groups and Poverty: Roma, IDPs, and Institutionalized Populations --
1.5 Life Satisfaction in the Region Remains Low --
3.1 In Most Countries, Household Survey Data Report Higher Employment Figures than ILO Statistics --
3.2 The Role of Agriculture in Transition --
3.3 The Role of Remittances in the Region --
3.4 Improvements in Targeting: Lessons from Recent Policy Reforms --
3.5 Global Trends in the Number of Working Poor --
3.6 Informal Employment in Transition Economies --
3.7 Labor Market Study Discusses Ways to Enhance Job Opportunities in the Region --
3.8 Raising Agricultural Productivity --
4.1 Survey Data Provide Limited Information about Access to, and Quality and Affordability of, Utilities --
4.2 What Has Happened with District Heating? --
4.3 Electricity and Water Tariffs Remain below Benchmarks for Full-Cost Recovery --
5.1 EU Accession and Poverty Reduction Objectives --
5.2 Depleted Social Capital of the Poor Limits Opportunities --
5.3 Nonincome Dimensions of Poverty and Achieving the MDGs in the Region --
Figures --
1 More than 40 Million People Moved out of Poverty during 1998 ... 2003 --
2 At the Country Level, Absolute Poverty Has Declin.

Abstract:

" ... A most interesting report. I have read it with considerable interest, and have learned a lot. It tells a clear story, and it contains a lot of interesting material."--Anthony Atkinson, Professor Nuffield CollegeOxford University, United Kingdom "The key conclusion of the report is that rapid economic growth is fundamentally important for job creation and, consequently, reducing poverty."--Ewa Balcerowicz, President of the BoardCenter for Social and Economic Research, Warsaw, Poland While the countries of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union have made significant progress in reducing poverty in the past five years, poverty and vulnerability remain significant problems. More than 60 million are poor and more than 150 million are vulnerable. Most of the poor are the working poor. Many others face deprivations in terms of access and quality of public services. Regional inequalities both between and within countries are large. The highest levels of absolute poverty are found in the poor countries of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, but most of the region's poor and vulnerable are in middle- income countries. Growth, Poverty, and Inequality examines these important issues and recommends that public policies focus on: accelerating shared growth and job creation; improving public service delivery; strengthening social protection; and enhancing the monitoring of progress in poverty reduction. This book will be informative for policy makers and social scientists working in the Region.

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