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Global Relative Poverty

Author/Editor: Nielsen, Lynge
Authorized for Distribution: April 1, 2009
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Summary: The paper provides estimates of global relative poverty trends from 1970 onwards. Relative poverty is shown to have decreased significantly, but at the same time there has been a worsening poverty outcome among up to one billion of the world's poorest citizens. The paper also proposes a straightforward method for dividing an income distribution into classes of poor, rich, and middle-class.
 
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Series: Working Paper No. 09/93
Subject(s): Poverty | Income distribution | Economic growth | Economic forecasting | Social indicators
Author's keyword(s): Relative poverty | global income inequality
 
English  
    Published:   April 1, 2009        
            Format:   Paper
    Stock No:   WPIEA2009093   Pages:   16
    Price:   US$18.00 (Academic Rate: US$18.00 )
       
     
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