To eradicate extreme poverty, massive global investment is required in social assistance, education and pro-poorest economic growth
— Chronic Poverty Report 2014-15: The road to zero extreme poverty

Call for Papers: Conference on Immiserizing Growth (26-27 May 2017, Toronto, Canada)


City view of Bogotá, Colombia on January 11, 2016. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

City view of Bogotá, Colombia on January 11, 2016. Photo © Dominic Chavez/World Bank

In the framework of CPAN’s work on poverty and growth, we are pleased to share a call for papers for a conference on Immiserizing Growth organised by Trent University (Canada), Cornell University (USA) and with the support of the International Development Research Centre (Canada). The event will be held in Toronto on the 26th & 27th of May 2017.

This conference will feed into the debate on the relationship between economic growth and poverty alleviation. The literature often recognises a positive correlation between growth and reduction in deprivation in a range of dimensions. However, there is a significant number of cases in which positive economic growth does not alleviate, or even worsens, poverty or other forms of deprivation for an important fraction of the population. These situations are known as Immiserizing Growth episodes. A background paper on the topic by Paul Shaffer (Trent University, Canada), can be found here. Conference co-organizers (along with Shaffer) are Ravi Kanbur (Cornell University) and Richard Sandbrook (University of Toronto).

Conference submissions which provide theory or evidence on Immiserizing Growth should be sent electronically to Paul Shaffer ( before the 31st December 2016. Click to here download the Call for Papers.

More information on this event will be available shortly. 

What is chronic poverty?

Chronic poverty is the long and grinding poverty that people live in for many years, and for some people, for their whole lives. This poverty is often passed on to their children, creating an inter-generational cycle of poverty. 

Chronically poor people need to be at the centre of poverty reduction policies if we are going to achieve the goal of eradicating extreme poverty for good.

Andrew Shepherd, CPAN Director, in an interview on extreme and persistent poverty for GSDRC Applied Knowledge Services

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