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Immiserizing Growth: When Growth Fails the Poor

Paul Shaffer, Ravi Kanbur, and Richard Sandbrook


Immiserizing Growth occurs when growth fails to benefit, or harms, those at the bottom. It is not a new concept, appearing such figures as Malthus, Ricardo and Marx. It is also not empirically insignificant, occurring in between 10% and 35% of cases, depending on the data set and the growth and poverty measures used. 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’. The chapters in this volume aim to arrive at a better understanding of when, why and how growth fails the poor. They combin ... More

Keywords: Immiserizing Growth, Inclusive Growth, growth, poverty, poverty dynamics, political economy, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198832317
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198832317.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Shaffer, editor
Associate Professor, Trent University, Canada

Ravi Kanbur, editor
T.H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics, Cornell University, USA

Richard Sandbrook, editor
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, Canada

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