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Welcome to the Poverty and Growth Blog

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After a few weeks of trials we are confident enough to take the plunge into the blogosphere and glad to present the Poverty and Growth Blog.


Maintained by the Poverty and Growth Program (PGP) of the World Bank Institute (WBI), the Poverty and Growth Blog will be one more instrument to share knowledge and help build capacity in poverty-related issues. It will bring together knowledge, news, resources, ideas and commentary on issues relating to the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of poverty reduction policies and strategies, and on other issues related to poverty and growth.  Finally, it will also allow us to maintain an open, on-going dialogue with participants in our courses, with partners and, in general, with the broad public interested in poverty reduction.


The Poverty and Growth Blog authors will post new comments or materials frequently and regularly, but we want this blog to become a lively dialogue. We hope you will join us in this new and exciting forum. Feel free to comment on any of the postings in this blog.


Over the past weeks we have been looking at other blogs on Development issues already out there. Thank you for taking the lead and for the inspiration; World Resources Institute, Center for Global Development, Global Voices Online, Overseas Development Institute, Center for International Private Enterprise, Globalization Institute and others. In particular, a great thank you goes to our neighbors and colleagues from the Private Sector Development Blog, and to Pablo Halkyard.


Our blogroll will keep growing ...


Fisrt of all I would like to thank the Poverty and Growth Program (PGP) of the World Bank Institute (WBI) for successful launch of the "Poverty and Growth Blog". It will provide an opportunity to communicate and share the knowledge about the Poverty and Growth Isuues. This will be helpful in better understanding of the development economics, especailly for the people from the developing world. I am thankful to World Bank team for providing this great opportunity.

Submitted by Bill on
Welcome to the blogosphere, we can use all the help we can get. This new blog from the PGP at the World Bank Institute looks as if it will be very interesting and helpful. My readers and the world community over at Global Voices Online are very familiar with the great work by Pablo of the PSD blog. Good Luck.

Submitted by BP Agrawal on

Thank you Bill.


Pablo was kind enough to help and give us advice when setting up this Poverty and Growth Blog. Hopefully it will be as interesting as PSD Blog.


Submitted by Theodore R. Breton, Ph.D. on
The focus of this blog and the timing of its creation are very appropriate. This is the right place and the right time to reexamine the role of education in increasing economic growth and reducing poverty. The empirical work on education and workers' earnings across countries has consistently shown that increased education raises earnings. This provides a clear strategy on how the earnings of the poorest can be raised. But what is new is the growing literature on education and economic growth that indicates that the effect of changes in education on national income is larger than the effect on workers' earnings. This means that investment in education also has external benefits for a nation that can further reduce poverty. This literature is finding that the small estimates of the effect of changes in education on national income were due to attenuation bias caused by severe measurement error in the cross-country education data [Krueger and Lindahl, 2001]. When the fixed effects empirical studies (e.g., Pritchett, 2001) are redone with adequate controls for measurement error and the endogenous nature of education, Mankiw, Romer, and Weil's [1992] empirical estimates of the effect of education on economic growth are found to be valid. These empirical results are exciting because they indicate that any country can reduce poverty through a sustained effort to implement compulsory, universal schooling. Such programs can be carried out by making use of those people in each country who have some education to educate the rest. I would be happy to provide the empirical work that shows the large effect of investment in education on economic growth if that would be of interest. These results hold for various measures of education in numerous countries over different time periods.

Submitted by Anonymous on
Hey for anyone looking for some real debate on poverty you might be interested in this link - It's about the causes of poverty, a real discussion on what causes it, whose fault it is you know David Cameron recently criticised those living in poor areas in Britain because they didn't do enough to get themselves out of the situation. This is an interesting place to debate as there are conflicting opinions on whose fault poverty really is - those who are poor or the rich?

Submitted by Randall on
I had to do a project on rhetoric. We were supposed to pick two videos that dealt on the same topic and compare their use of rhetoric. I ended up picking the topic of poverty. knowing very little on the topic to being with, well other than that fact that it would be talking about those who had less money and were not as fortunate in life as many others. I felt it would be easy to write about. The paper went well and I’m glad I’m done with it. However the topic got me to thinking about poverty more. Everyone has seen the commercials on TV about giving 75 cents and day and that will help feed this kid who has no shoes, education, and place to sleep or even something to eat. After seeing this feel times we become numb to it and sometimes even change the channel before the number comes up that they want you to call. The speech I looked at was one from the Uganda President, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. He was talking about yeah it is great to give a hand out to the people every once in awhile to help the situation. But what is truly needed is a change in the way the society its self is ran. Unless more jobs are provided the living arrangements of the family will not change. And unless there is more money in the lower class of society the need of hand outs will always be around. I then thought of the saying "give a man a fish feed him for the day, teach a man to fish feed him for life." this saying never held water with me until I listened to the speech. Everyone is quick to say let’s send them water and food and give them our change. But that is not helping them that are more harm. They become dependent on the hands out and their situation will never change. We need to find a way to give them jobs that can sustain their life and the life of their family. Which will cause the whole society to become better and there will be less poverty. Will there ever be no poverty I think not, but the amount we see today, even in America, is too much.

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