Global Relative Poverty

Author/Editor:

Lynge Nielsen

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

Electronic Access:

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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.

Series:

Working Paper No. 09/93

Subject:

Frequency:

Biannually

English

Publication Date:

April 1, 2009

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451872408/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2009093

Format:

Paper

Pages:

16

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