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Estimating Poverty in Burundi

  • Tom Bundervoet

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    (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

In this paper, we evaluate absolute consumption poverty and inequality in rural and urban Burundi after more than 5 years of civil war. Using the cost of basic needs method, we find a poverty incidence of 71.5% in rural areas and 36.5% in Bujumbura, and a Gini-coefficient of inequality of respectively 34.9 and 44.5%. In analysing the main correlates and determinants of rural poverty, we identify the very low levels of education and the intensity of the civil war as key factors explaining the high incidence of rural poverty.

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Paper provided by Households in Conflict Network in its series HiCN Working Papers with number 20.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hic:wpaper:20
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