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Geographical Concentration of Rural Poverty in Bangladesh


  • Suan Pheng Kam
  • Manik Lal Bose
  • Tahmina Latif
  • M A H Chowdhury
  • S Ghulam Hussain
  • Mahbub Ahmed
  • Anwar Iqbal
  • L Villano
  • Mahabub Hossain


This paper was presented at the dialogue on Mapping Poverty for Rural Bangladesh: Implications for Pro-poor Development. The dialogue was organised as part of CPD's ongoing agricultural policy research and advocacy activities with IRRI under the PETRRA project. The study reported geographical concentration of rural poverty in Bangladesh for 425 upazilas in 2000-01. The study measured and mapped incidence of poverty (using Headcount Index), intensity of poverty (using Poverty Gap Index) and severity of poverty (using Squared Poverty Gap Index). It has analyzed factors contributing to the spatial concentration of poverty. It is hoped that the findings of the study would be helpful in identifying target areas and priorities for agricultural R&D interventions and poverty reduction programmes.

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  • Suan Pheng Kam & Manik Lal Bose & Tahmina Latif & M A H Chowdhury & S Ghulam Hussain & Mahbub Ahmed & Anwar Iqbal & L Villano & Mahabub Hossain, 2004. "Geographical Concentration of Rural Poverty in Bangladesh," CPD Working Paper 38, Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
  • Handle: RePEc:pdb:opaper:38

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    1. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-766, May.
    2. Ravallion, Martin & Sen, Binayak, 1996. "When Method Matters: Monitoring Poverty in Bangladesh," Economic Development and Cultural Change, University of Chicago Press, vol. 44(4), pages 761-792, July.
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    Poverty; Rural Poverty; Bangladesh;

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    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty

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