Global poverty estimates: Present and future
AbstractWe review the recent empirical literature on global poverty, focusing on key methodological aspects. These include the choice of welfare indicator, poverty line and purchasing power parity exchange rates, equivalence scales, data sources, and estimation methods. We also discuss the importance of the intra-household resource allocation process in determining within-household inequalities and potentially influencing poverty estimates. Based on a sensitivity analysis of global poverty estimates to different methodological approaches, we show that existing figures vary markedly with the choice of data source for mean income or consumption used to scale relative distributions; and with the statistical method used to estimate income distributions from tabulated data.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 181.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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global poverty; household surveys; national accounts; tabulated data.;
Other versions of this item:
- Shatakshee Dhongde & Camelia Minoiu, 2010. "Global poverty estimates: Present and future," Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper Series 13310, BWPI, The University of Manchester.
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
- O1 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
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- NEP-ALL-2010-09-11 (All new papers)
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