Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty

Paperback | April 4, 2010

EditorSudhir Anand, Paul Segal, Joseph E. Stiglitz

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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-varyingestimates. 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 tomap the poverty line across countries; and the quality, and appropriate use, of data from national accounts and household surveys. Both official and independent estimates of global poverty have proved to be controversial, and this volume presents and analyses the lively debate that hasensued.

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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-varyingestimates. The chapters in this volume address a ran...

Sudhir Anand is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford. His recent research has focussed on inequality, poverty, and undernutrition; human development; population ethics; health economics; and the theory and measurement of economic inequality. He has been Visiting and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:April 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Sudhir Anand, Paul Segal, and Joseph E. Stiglitz: Debates in the Measurement of Global Poverty: IntroductionPart I1. Martin Ravallion: The Debate on Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Why Measurement Matters2. Sanjay G. Reddy and Thomas W. Pogge: How not to count the poor3. Surjit Bhalla: Raising the Standard: the War on Global Poverty4. T. N. Srinivasan: Irrelevance of the $1 a Day Poverty Line5. Bettina Aten and Alan Heston: Use of Country Purchasing Power Parities for International Comparisons of Poverty Levels: Potential and Limitations6. Angus Deaton: Measuring poverty in a growing world (or measuring growth in a poor world)7. Robert Johnston: Poverty or income distribution: Which do we want to measure?8. Ivo Havinga, Gisele Kamanou and Viet Vu: A note on the (mis)use of national accounts for estimation of household final consumption expenditures for poverty measures9. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and David Stewart: Unequal development in the 1990s: Focusing on gaps in human capabilities10. Albert Berry: Improving Measurement of Latin American Inequality and Poverty with an Eye to Equitable Growth PolicyPart II11. Carl Riskin and Qin Gao: The Changing Nature of Urban Poverty in China12. Shaohua Chen and Martin Ravallion: China is poorer than we thought13. Suresh D .Tendulkar, and K. Sundaram: Poverty Decline in India in the 1990s : A Reality And Not An Artefact14. David Sahn, Stephen Younger: Living Standards in Africa