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Is poverty increasing in the developing world?, Volume 1
Author:Shaohua Chen; Datt, Gaurav; Ravallion, Martin; Collection Title:Policy, Research working papers ; no. WPS 1146. Poverty and human resources
Date Stored:2001/04/18Document Date:1993/06/30
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Poverty Monitoring & Analysis; Achieving Shared Growth; Environmental Economics & Policies; Poverty Assessment; Inequality
Language:EnglishMajor Sector:(Historic)Economic Policy
Report Number:WPS1146Sub Sectors:Macro/Non-Trade
Volume No:1  

Summary: The authors assess the developing world's progress in reducing absolute-consumption poverty during 1981-91, using new data on the distribution of household consumption or income per capita for 40 countries (at two points in time for 18 of the countries). They apply dominance tests to the distributions after adjustment to purchasing-power parity. They find that the incidence of aggregate poverty changed little. The number of poor increased at the rate of population growth. The region with the greatest aggregate poverty is either South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa, depending on the poverty line used. The experience was diverse across regions and countries. The only regions with falling poverty measures are South and East Asia.

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