Using panel data for the years 1996 and 2001 and cross section data for the years 1990 and 2003, this article evaluates if Chilean growth has been "pro poor". Two methods are used. First the "Growth Incidence Curve" is estimated to study how the income distribution has changed. Second, the relationship between the level of household per capita income in 1996 and its growth between 1996 and 2001 is estimated using parametric and non parametric methods. The results indicate that economic growth has significantly reduced poverty during the period analyzed but that evidence of income convergence is found only for the poorest half of the income distribution.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Economics and Econometrics