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Poverty in Liberia: Level,Profile, and Determinants

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  • Backiny-Yetna, Prospere
  • Wodon, Quentin
  • Mungai, Rose
  • Tsimpo, Clarence

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This chapter was originally drafted in 2007 to inform the diagnostic of Liberia’s first Poverty Reduction Strategy. It is based on an analysis of the Core Welfare Questionnaire Indicator survey implemented in 2007 by Liberia’s Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services. The chapter estimates the level of poverty and vulnerability in the country, provides a profile of poverty, and analyzes the household level determinants or correlates of consumption and poverty. Slightly less than two thirds of the population (63.8 percent) is estimated to be poor. If patterns of growth that have been observed recently are maintained, poverty could be significantly reduced by 2015. In terms of the profile and determinants of poverty, as expected, consumption levels and the probability of being poor vary substantially between households according to characteristics such as geographic location, the education and employment of the household head or spouse, and household size.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 38546.

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  1. James D. Fearon & Macartan Humphreys & Jeremy M. Weinstein, 2009. "Can Development Aid Contribute to Social Cohesion after Civil War? Evidence from a Field Experiment in Post-conflict Liberia," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 99(2), pages 287-91, May.
  2. Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2008. "Rice prices and poverty in Liberia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4742, The World Bank.
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  1. World Bank, 2012. "Liberia : Strategic Policy Options for Medium Term Growth and Development," World Bank Other Operational Studies 12608, The World Bank.
  2. Andrews, Colin & Backiny-Yetna, Prospere & Garin, Emily & Weedon, Emily & Wodon, Quentin & Zampaglione, Giuseppe, 2011. "Liberia's Cash for Work Temporary Employment Project : responding to crisis in low income, fragile countries," Social Protection Discussion Papers 63401, The World Bank.
  3. Backiny Yetna, Prosper Romuald, 2013. "Politiques publiques et pauvreté : trois études de cas d'évaluation des performances de ciblage et d'analyse d'impact," Economics Thesis from University Paris Dauphine, Paris Dauphine University, number 123456789/11794 edited by De Vreyer, Philippe, November.
  4. Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2008. "Rice prices and poverty in Liberia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4742, The World Bank.

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