Constructing Robust Poverty Trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran: 2008-14

27 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2016

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Aziz Atamanov

World Bank

Mohammad H. Mostafavi-Dehzooei

Georgia Southwestern State University - School of Business

Djavad Salehi-Isfahani

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Economic Research Forum

Tara Vishwanath

World Bank - Economic Development Institute

Date Written: September 27, 2016

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Atamanov, Aziz and Mostafavi-Dehzooei, Mohammad H. and Salehi-Isfahani, Djavad and Vishwanath, Tara, Constructing Robust Poverty Trends in the Islamic Republic of Iran: 2008-14 (September 27, 2016). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 7836. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2849137

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