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On the urbanization of poverty (English)

The author identifies conditions under which the urban sector's share of the poor population in a developing country will be a strictly increasing and strictly convex function of its share of the total population. Cross-sectional data afor 39 countries and time-series data for for India are consistent with the expected theoretical relationship. The empirical results imply that the poor urbanize faster than the population as a whole. But the experience across developing countries suggests that a majority of the poor will still live in rural areas long after most people in the developing world live in urban areas.

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Ravallion,Martin

On the urbanization of poverty (English). Policy, Research working paper ; no. WPS 2586 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/577771468739538398/On-the-urbanization-of-poverty