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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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Unequal Development in the 1990s: Growing Gaps in Human Capabilities 1

Unequal Development in the 1990s: Growing Gaps in Human Capabilities 1

(p.246) 10 Unequal Development in the 1990s: Growing Gaps in Human Capabilities1
Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

David Stewart

Oxford University Press

This chapter assesses poverty trends by using human development outcomes rather than by using income measures alone. It shows that the the 1990s was a decade of prosperity and progress for the world but also of development disaster for many of the world's poorest countries, where key indicators of human development not only failed to progress but began to register reversals based on both income and capability indicators. The chapter identifies the poorest performing countries and examines their characteristics. These characteristics suggest common constraints that they face, constraints which merit attention in the fight against global poverty.

Keywords:   human development outcomes, capability indicators, global poverty

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