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Author Calzadilla, Alvaro
Source EconStor
Content type Text
Publisher Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Social sciences ♦ Economics
Subject Keyword global ♦ poverty ♦ income distribution ♦ inequality ♦ emission scenarios ♦ Einkommensverteilung ♦ Armut ♦ Klimaveränderung ♦ Entwicklung ♦ Klimaschutz ♦ Wirkungsanalyse ♦ Szenariotechnik ♦ Verteilungswirkung ♦ Wirtschaftswachstum ♦ Welt ♦ China ♦ Indien ♦ Economywide Country Studies: General ♦ Measurement and Analysis of Poverty ♦ Economic Development: Human Resources; Human Development; Income Distribution; Migration ♦ Climate; Natural Disasters and Their Management; Global Warming
Abstract The Special Report on Emissions Scenarios (SRES) has been widely used to analyze climate change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation. The storylines behind these scenarios outline alternative development pathways, which have been the base for climate research and other studies at global, regional and country level. Based on the global income distribution and poverty module (GlobPov), we assess the implication of the IPCC SRES scenarios on global poverty and inequality. We find that global poverty and inequality measures are sensitive to the downscaling methodology used. Our results show that future economic growth is crucial for poverty reduction. Higher per capita incomes tend to favour poverty reduction, while higher population growth rates delay this progress. Scenarios that combine high economic growth and convergence assumptions with low population growth rates produce better outcomes. China and India play a central role on poverty reduction and global inequality. While high economic growth rates in China and India may lift millions out of poverty, high population growth and stagnation in African economies could offset the situation.
Part of series Kiel Working Paper x1664
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2010-01-01
Publisher Place Kiel
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