Poverty, economic growth, and average exit time

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A simple transformation of the Watts poverty index yields a "meaningful" measure with appealing ordinal properties and a natural interpretation in terms of the potential for economic growth to alleviate poverty. The index is illustrated with data from Bangladesh and Bolivia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)385-390
Number of pages6
JournalEconomics Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 1998


  • Bangladesh
  • Bolivia
  • Economic growth
  • I32
  • O12
  • Poverty measurement
  • Watts poverty measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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