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The ADCR 2011: Towards more sensible poverty measurement

The ADCR 2011 Towards more sensible poverty measurement

Oct 15, 2012

A poverty line can also be held constant over time and across countries as has been the practice in the specialized literature dealing with global poverty comparisons conducted by the World Bank and UN (e.g. the famous one and two dollars a day per person PPP poverty lines). As argued in this paper, if, for a variety of reasons, PPPs do not equate purchasing power, a more sensible approach for international comparisons would allow the poverty line to be related to changes in the standard of living.

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