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Analyzing urban poverty: a summary of methods and approached

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  • Baker, Judy
  • Schuler, Nina

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In recent years an extensive body of literature has emerged on the definition, measurement and analysis of poverty. Much of this literature focuses on analyzing poverty at the national level, or spatial disaggregation by general categories of urban or rural areas with adjustments made for regional price differentials. Yet for an individual city attempting to tackle the problems of urban poverty, this level of aggregation is not sufficient for answering specific questions such as where the poor are located in the city, whether there are differences between poor areas, if access to services varies by subgroup, whether specific programs are reaching the poorest, and how to design effective poverty reduction programs and policies. Answering these questions is critical, particularly for large, sprawling cities with highly diverse populations and growing problems of urban poverty. Understanding urban poverty presents a set of issues distinct from general poverty analysis and thus may require additional tools and techniques. This paper summarizes the main issues in conducting urban poverty analysis, with a focus on presenting a sample of case studies from urban areas that were implemented by a number of different agencies using a range of analytical approaches for studying urban poverty. Specific conclusions regarding design and analysis, data, timing, cost, and implementation issues are discussed.

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  • Baker, Judy & Schuler, Nina, 2004. "Analyzing urban poverty: a summary of methods and approached," Policy Research Working Paper Series 3399, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3399
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    1. Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Amin, 2016. "The Aftermath of Financial Crises: A Look on Human and Social Wellbeing," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 87(C), pages 88-106.
    2. Roberto Gerundo & Alessandra Marra & Viviana De Salvatore, 2020. "Construction of a Composite Vulnerability Index to Map Peripheralization Risk in Urban and Metropolitan Areas," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 12(11), pages 1-26, June.

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