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  • Nanak Kakwani

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    (International Poverty Centre)

  • Hyun H. Son

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    (International Poverty Centre)

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    The main objective of this study is to compute an international poverty threshold based on the food requirement to ensure an adequate calorie intake for the world?s poorest. The study proposes a new methodology based on consumer theory to provide a caloric based international poverty threshold. Using this methodology, the international poverty line is estimated to be equal to $1.22 in 1993 PPP exchange rates. According to this new yardstick, almost 1.37 billion people were poor around the world in 2001. The study also provides global estimates of hunger, according to which 13.28 percent of the world population ? equivalent to 687 million people ? suffered from hunger in 2001.

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    Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 29.

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    Length: 21
    Date of creation: Sep 2006
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    Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Poverty Centre, September 2006, pages 1-21
    Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:29

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    Keywords: Poverty; Purchasing power parity; Global estimates;

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    1. Ravallion, Martin & Datt, Gaurav & van de Walle, Dominique, 1991. "Quantifying Absolute Poverty in the Developing World," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 37(4), pages 345-61, December.
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    3. Ravallion, Martin & Shaohua Chen, 1996. "What can new survey data tell us about recent changes in distribution and poverty?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 1694, The World Bank.
    4. Lipton, M., 1988. "The Poor And The Poorest," World Bank - Discussion Papers 25, World Bank.
    5. Ravallion, M., 1998. "Poverty Lines in Theory and Practice," Papers 133, World Bank - Living Standards Measurement.
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    1. Camelia Minoiu & Sanjay Reddy, 2008. "Kernel Density Estimation Basedon Grouped Data," IMF Working Papers 08/183, International Monetary Fund.

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