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Constructing robust poverty trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran : 2008-14

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  • Atamanov,Aziz
  • Mostafavi,Mohammad-Hadi
  • Salehi Isfahani,Djavad
  • Vishwanath,Tara

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This paper constructs and tests the robustness of consistently measured poverty trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran after 2008, using international poverty lines based on U.S. dollars at 2011 purchasing power parity. The constructed estimates reveal three distinct periods of welfare in the Islamic Republic of Iran: increase in poverty and inequality between 2008 and 2009, decline in poverty and inequality between 2009 and 2012, and gradual deterioration of both indicators again after 2012. The results are robust regardless of the choice of welfare aggregate, inclusion or exclusion of different components, and spatial adjustment accounting for regional variation in food and housing prices.

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  • Atamanov,Aziz & Mostafavi,Mohammad-Hadi & Salehi Isfahani,Djavad & Vishwanath,Tara, 2016. "Constructing robust poverty trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran : 2008-14," Policy Research Working Paper Series 7836, The World Bank.
  • Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:7836
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