Absolute Poverty Measures for the Developing World, 1981-2004

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Martin Ravallion

Georgetown University

Shaohua Chen

World Bank; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Date Written: April 1, 2007

Abstract

The authors report new estimates of measures of absolute poverty for the developing world over 1981-2004. A clear trend decline in the percentage of people who are absolutely poor is evident, although with uneven progress across regions. They find more mixed success in reducing the total number of poor. Indeed, the developing world outside China has seen little or no sustained progress in reducing the number of poor, with rising poverty counts in some regions, notably Sub-Saharan Africa. There are encouraging signs of progress in reducing the incidence of poverty in all regions after 2000, although it is too early to say if this is a new trend.

Keywords: Rural Poverty Reduction, Population Policies, Pro-Poor Growth and Inequality, Services & Transfers to Poor

Suggested Citation

Ravallion, Martin and Chen, Shaohua, Absolute Poverty Measures for the Developing World, 1981-2004 (April 1, 2007). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 4211, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=981073

Martin Ravallion (Contact Author)

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Shaohua Chen

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World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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