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Impediments to poverty reduction in Ethiopia: economic growth, distribution and Policy


Poverty is the most pressing challenge in Ethiopia with multi-dimensional features and multiple causes. Public policies to address chronic poverty have gained wide international support and yet the task of reducing poverty has proved to be a daunting challenge. This paper addresses the challenges of reducing chronic poverty in Ethiopia. We develop theoretical and policy arguments and identify the nature and dynamics of poverty in the country. The pace of poverty reduction in Ethiopia is too slow to consistently reduce, let alone eliminate, chronic poverty and there are significant economic, political and policy challenges that hinder sound poverty elimination strategies. The role and interaction of economic growth, distribution of income, institutional factors and policy measures are examined to explore policy options for developing a more efficient poverty reduction policy and strategy.

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & []. & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Economic growth; Poverty reduction

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Income distribution

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Broad Subject heading: 
Poverty alleviation
Call Number: 
330.963 PRO 2006
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:06:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:02:01
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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