Pro-poor growth is growth that benefits the poor. However, this definition does not indicate how much the poor must benefit and which indicator or methodology one needs to apply to assess to what extent a growth spell can be defined 'pro-poor'.
This research project reviews the definitions and the tools available to measure pro-poor growth; Son’s concept of poverty growth curve (PGC) is used to provide a global picture of pro-poor growth and income/consumption and inequality data is derived from the most recent Wold Bank global database, Povcalnet, which yields 700 household surveys from more than 120 countries over 1977-2009. The results will show to which extent growth in the last decades has been both poverty and inequality reducing. This project also investigates the link between pro-poor growth and inequality level and previous trends.