Week 13 - Website Study Guide

Week 13 - Website Study Guide - Work on non-income...

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Week 13 - Website Study Guide The World Bank, PovertyNet Overview: “Understanding, Measuring, and Overcoming Poverty” 1. How does the World Bank measure poverty at the country level? A common method used to measure poverty is based on incomes or consumption levels. A person is considered poor if his or her consumption or income level falls below some minimum level (poverty line) necessary to meet basic needs. How does it measure poverty at the global level? When estimating poverty worldwide, the same reference poverty line has to be used, and expressed in a common unit across countries. Therefore, for the purpose of global aggregation and comparison, the World Bank uses reference lines set at $1.25 and $2 per day (2005 Purchasing Power Parity terms). How would describe the trend in global poverty levels during the second age of globalization? 2. What are some new directions in poverty measurement? While much progress has been made in measuring and analyzing income poverty, efforts are needed to measure and study the many other dimensions of poverty.
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Unformatted text preview: Work on non-income dimensions of poverty -- defining indicators where needed, gathering data, assessing trends -- is presented in the World Development Report (WDR) 2000/01: Attacking Poverty. One dimension: assembling comparable and high-quality social indicators for education, health, access to services and infrastructure. Another: risk, vulnerability, social exclusion, access to social capital. In addition to expanding the range of indicators of poverty, work is needed to integrate data coming from sample surveys with information obtained through more participatory techniques, which usually offer rich insights into why programs work or do not. How do they differ from the old methods? Less focus on income. 3. Can you think of any flaws in the ways the World Bank measures poverty? In other words, is there a limit on our ability to put a dollar figure on deprivation or impoverishment?...
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This note was uploaded on 08/10/2010 for the course INTB 3351 taught by Professor Priest during the Spring '08 term at University of Houston.

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