Institutions and policies for growth and poverty reduction: The role of private sector development

Rana Hasan, Devashish Mitra, Mehmet Ulubasoglu

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This paper goes over some of the recent discussions on the effects on growth and poverty of institutions and policies, especially those that relate to the functioning of the private sector. It examines the empirical relationship between various measures of institutional quality and regulatory policies, and economic growth and poverty. The results suggest that good governance, as measured by a strong commitment to the rule of law, among other things, matters for poverty reduction largely through its effect on economic growth. In terms of business regulations, the paper finds that less restrictive regulations pertaining to starting a business are associated with higher economic growth as well as lower rates of $2-a-day poverty. Political freedom is not associated with either higher growth or lower poverty. Taken together, the evidence here seems to suggest that the delivery of good governance and policies that facilitate the creation of new enterprises are more relevant for growth and poverty reduction than the nature of the political system per se.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-116
Number of pages48
JournalAsian Development Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics


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