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Poverty, Inequality, and Development - Gary S. Fields

Poverty, Inequality, and Development

Paperback Published: 30th March 1981
ISBN: 9780521298520
Number Of Pages: 296

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Economists have traditionally concentrated on aggregate economic growth to measure a country's development, but previously they have also considered income distribution performance. In this book Gary Fields reverses conventional approaches by using income distribution as the primary indicator. He examines what is known about the distribution of income and poverty, inequality, and development. He explores the main causes of poverty and inequality and the extent to which they have been reduced by individual countries in the course of their economic growth. Recognizing that conclusions vary with the type of income distribution measure used, Fields proposes that changes in absolute poverty be adopted as the primary index of a developing nation's progress and suggests that the growth rate of the GNP and character of that growth be regarded as the principal determinants of the levels of poverty and inequality. This framework calls for new models new data. and new microanalytic techniques in order to understand the results of development efforts. Fields employs evidence from case studies of six developing nations to suggest some explanations for differing patterns of development and calls for development planning founded on a firm commitment to helping the poor.

Introduction: a new approach to poverty, inequality, and development
Approaches to income distribution and development
Growth and distribution: a welfare economic analysis
Inequality and development
Absolute income, absolute poverty, and development
Development progress and growth strategies: case studies
Development progress and growth strategies: conclusions
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ISBN: 9780521298520
ISBN-10: 0521298520
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 30th March 1981
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.38