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Title:The Lucky Few Amidst Economic Decline: Distributional Change in Cote d'Ivoire as Seen through Panel Data Sets, 1985-88
Authors:Grootaert, ChristiaanISNI
Kanbur, RaviISNI
Periodical:Journal of Development Studies
Geographic term:Ivory Coast - Côte d'Ivoire
Subjects:economic recession
income distribution
standard of living
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/00220389508422380
Abstract:The second half of the 1980s was a period of drastic economic decline for Côte d'Ivoire, a decline which continues to this day. As a result, the incidence of poverty increased dramatically. But how widespread was the collapse in living standards? This paper is an exploratory exercise in using panel data sets to investigate distributional change in Côte d'Ivoire during the second half of the 1980s. Using data from the Côte d'Ivoire Living Standards Survey (CILSS) three panels were constructed, for 1985-1986, 1986-1987 and 1987-1988. For about 700 households in each case, consumption over the two-year period was tracked in order to highlight and quantify mobility of the same households across poverty classes over time. It was found that there were a lucky few who improved their standard of living amid general decline. Detailed investigations revealed that the lucky few were fairly numerous, and the probability of escaping poverty was quite high even for the very poorest. These lucky few were widespread regionally, although in some socioeconomic groupings the poor had higher chances of escaping poverty. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.