Global Poverty Estimates: A Sensitivity Analysis

31 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2011

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Camelia Minoiu

Federal Reserve Board

Shatakshee Dhongde

Georgia Institute of Technology

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Date Written: October 2011

Abstract

Current estimates of global poverty vary substantially across studies. In this paper we undertake a novel sensitivity analysis to highlight the importance of methodological choices in estimating global poverty. We measure global poverty using different data sources, parametric and nonparametric estimation methods, and multiple poverty lines. Our results indicate that estimates of global poverty vary significantly when they are based alternately on data from household surveys versus national accounts but are relatively consistent across different estimation methods. The decline in poverty over the past decade is found to be robust across methodological choices.

Keywords: Developing countries, Income distribution, Poverty, Cross country analysis

Suggested Citation

Minoiu, Camelia and Dhongde, Shatakshee, Global Poverty Estimates: A Sensitivity Analysis (October 2011). IMF Working Papers, Vol. , pp. 1-30, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1945621

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Shatakshee Dhongde

Georgia Institute of Technology ( email )

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