Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Papers,
Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2003:7: Poverty, Inequality and Growth in Jamaica, 1988-98, and Beyond

Anders Danielson
Additional contact information
Anders Danielson: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: Department of Economics, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Box 7082, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: This paper looks into the relations between economic growth and poverty reduction in Jamaica. A poverty profile is constructed, based on household budget survey data, and per capita growth is decomposed into pure growth effects and changes in inequality effects. I find that growth has contributed to poverty reduction mainly because there has not been any large increases in inequality. However, simulations also show that in order to for growth to continue to be efficient for poverty reduction, it is necessary to improve the prospects for rurally based, particularly small-scale agricultural growth. If not, the possibility of growth being anti-poor cannot be ignored.

Keywords: growth; poverty; Jamaica; growth decomposition

JEL-codes: O11; O49; O54

22 pages, June 6, 2003

Download statistics

Questions (including download problems) about the papers in this series should be directed to David Edgerton ()
Report other problems with accessing this service to Sune Karlsson ().

This page generated on 2018-02-06 14:12:26.