|Dr. Eleni Abraham Yitbarek
Getting Ahead or left behind? Essays on Poverty Dynamics and Social Mobility in Africa
Theophile Azomahou and Franziska Gassmann
The increased recognition of the persistent nature of poverty has rekindled long-standing debates of who is getting ahead, who is left behind, who is standing still, and why, among development economists and policy makers alike. This dissertation is a collection of three essays and seeks to contribute to the aforementioned debate. It provides new empirical insights on poverty dynamics and social mobility in selected sub-Saharan African countries using a range of empirical approaches. The dissertation conclude that informal safety nets in the form of support from friends/ family or being a member of a voluntary social association is not suffices to exit subjective or consumption poverty. On the other hand, education plays a vital role to reduce both.