IS POVERTY INCREASING IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD?

Shaohua Chen, Gaurav Datt, Martin Ravallion

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Abstract

We assess the developing world's progress in reducing poverty during the late 1980s using new data on the distribution of household consumption or income per person for 44 countries. Local currencies are adjusted to purchasing power parity. To assess robustness, restricted dominance tests are applied to the poverty comparisons. An overall decrease in poverty incidence is indicated over a wide range of poverty lines and measures. However the change is small, and numbers of poor increased at roughly the rate of population growth. The experience was diverse across regions and countries; poverty fell in South and East Asia, while it rose in Latin America and Sub‐Saharan Africa.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-376
Number of pages18
JournalReview of Income and Wealth
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes

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