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Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty

Sudhir Anand, Paul Segal, and Joseph E. Stiglitz


The international community's commitment to halve global poverty by 2015 has been enshrined in the first Millennium Development Goal. How global poverty is measured is a critical element in assessing progress towards this goal, and different researchers have presented widely-varying estimates. The chapters in this volume address a range of problems in the measurement and estimation of global poverty, from a variety of viewpoints. Topics covered include the controversies surrounding the definition of a global poverty line; the use of purchasing power parity exchange rates to map the poverty lin ... More

Keywords: global poverty, purchasing power parity, measurement, poverty line, national accounts, Millennium Development Goal

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199558032
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558032.001.0001


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Sudhir Anand, editor
Professor of Economics, University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St Catherine's College
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Paul Segal, editor
Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and a Junior Research Fellow at New College, Oxford
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Joseph E. Stiglitz, editor
University Professor at Columbia University
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1 Introduction

Sudhir Anand, Paul Segal, and Joseph E. Stiglitz

Part I Measuring Global Poverty

3 How Not to Count the Poor

Sanjay G. Reddy1 and Thomas Pogge2

3a A Reply to Reddy and Pogge

Martin Ravallion1

Part II Regional and Country Studies

15 Living Standards in Africa

David E. Sahn and Stephen D. Younger1

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