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Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty$
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Sudhir Anand, Paul Segal, and Joseph E. Stiglitz

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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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty

Sudhir Anand (Contributor Webpage)

Paul Segal (Contributor Webpage)

Joseph E. Stiglitz (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The measurement and tracking of global poverty is a critical element in assessing progress towards the first Millennium Development Goal, and different researchers have presented widely-varying estimates. This introductory chapter summarizes the diverse viewpoints of these researchers and covers key issues such as the definition of a global poverty line, the use of purchasing power parity exchange rates to map such a poverty line across countries, and the quality and appropriate use of data from national accounts and household surveys.

Keywords:   global poverty, purchasing power, Millennium Development Goals, household surveys, national accounts

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