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  • Lynge Nielsen
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    The paper provides estimates of global relative poverty trends from 1970 onwards. Relative poverty is shown to have decreased significantly, but at the same time there has been a worsening poverty outcome among up to one billion of the world''s poorest citizens. The paper also proposes a straightforward method for dividing an income distribution into classes of poor, rich, and middle-class.

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    Paper provided by International Monetary Fund in its series IMF Working Papers with number 09/93.

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    Length: 16
    Date of creation: 01 Apr 2009
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    Handle: RePEc:imf:imfwpa:09/93

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    Keywords: Income distribution; Economic growth; Economic forecasting; poverty line; relative poverty; poverty analysis; official poverty; income growth; inequality analysis; distribution of income; official poverty line; inequality index; welfare function; income levels; income distribution data; world income distribution; relative poverty line; global income inequality; income transfer; poverty outcomes; falling poverty; analytical work; national accounts; absolute poverty line; pro-poor; measurement of poverty; national poverty line; social exclusion; inequality of incomes; inequality measures; income data; official poverty rate;

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    1. Sen, Amartya K, 1976. "Poverty: An Ordinal Approach to Measurement," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 44(2), pages 219-31, March.
    2. Jeremy C. Stein & Anil K. Kashyap, 2000. "What Do a Million Observations on Banks Say about the Transmission of Monetary Policy?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(3), pages 407-428, June.
    3. Kakwani, Nanak C, 1977. "Measurement of Poverty and Negative-Income Tax," Australian Economic Papers, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 16(29), pages 237-48, December.
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    1. Dhongde, Shatakshee & Minoiu, Camelia, 2013. "Global Poverty Estimates: A Sensitivity Analysis," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 1-13.

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