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Immiserizing growth : when growth fails the poor /

Contributor(s): Shaffer, Paul [editor.] | Kanbur, S. M. Ravi 1954- [editor.] | Sandbrook, Richard [editor.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Oxford scholarship online: Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019Edition: First edition.Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white).Content type: text | still image Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780191870965 (ebook) :.Subject(s): Economics and Finance | Economic development | Poverty | Economics -- Political aspectsOnline resources: Oxford scholarship online Summary: Immiserising growth occurs when growth fails to benefit, or harms, those at the bottom. It is not a new concept, appearing in some of the towering figures of the classical tradition of political economy including Malthus, Ricardo, and Marx. It is also not empirically insignificant, occurring in between 10% and 35% of cases. In spite of this, it has not received its due attention in the academic literature, dominated by the prevailing narrative that 'growth is good for the poor'. This text challenges this view to arrive at a better understanding of when, why, and how growth fails the poor. Taking a diverse disciplinary perspective, it combines discussion of mechanisms of this troubling economic phenomenon with empirical data on trends in growth, poverty, and related welfare indicators.
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This edition previously issued in print: 2019.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Immiserising growth occurs when growth fails to benefit, or harms, those at the bottom. It is not a new concept, appearing in some of the towering figures of the classical tradition of political economy including Malthus, Ricardo, and Marx. It is also not empirically insignificant, occurring in between 10% and 35% of cases. In spite of this, it has not received its due attention in the academic literature, dominated by the prevailing narrative that 'growth is good for the poor'. This text challenges this view to arrive at a better understanding of when, why, and how growth fails the poor. Taking a diverse disciplinary perspective, it combines discussion of mechanisms of this troubling economic phenomenon with empirical data on trends in growth, poverty, and related welfare indicators.

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