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Poverty in Liberia: Level,Profile, and Determinants

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

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. Christiaensen, Luc & Scott, Christopher & Wodon, Quentin, 2002. "Poverty Measurement and Analysis," MPRA Paper 45362, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Tsimpo, Clarence & Wodon, Quentin, 2008. "Rice prices and poverty in Liberia," Policy Research Working Paper Series 4742, The World Bank.
  4. Wodon, Quentin, 2007. "Using Simple Cross-country Comparisons to Guide Measurement: Poverty in the CFA Franc Zone," MPRA Paper 10482, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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