Does economic growth affect poverty in CEMAC and WAEMU Zone? An empirical comparative analysis with panel data (article non disponible)

Mercredi | 2012-04-11

Madeleine TOMO-NKONO

In light of increasing interest in the relationship between economic growth and poverty, the present paper uses panel data of CEMAC and WAEMU countries, which use commonly the CFA franc, to determine empirically the impact of growth on poverty for the period 1981–2005. During this period, CEMAC and WAEMU economic progress improved and performance in terms of poverty reduction is slightly satisfactory. Based on random-effects model, we provide estimates for poverty measures at the $1.25 international poverty line. Regression analysis of panel data shows, that economic growth has a statistically significant impact of reducing poverty only in WAEMU zone.