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Poverty and Economic Inequality Collect the 3 rd  reaction cards
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Are you poor? What’s the consequence of “poverty” on you?
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How do you define “poverty”?
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Absolute poverty The lacking of resources which leads to  hunger and physical deprivation
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Relative poverty A deficiency in material and economic  resources compared with some other  population
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Poverty threshold  (An absolute poverty measure) $1 per day in most of the developing world $2 per day in Latin America $4 per day in Eastern Europe $14.4 per day in industrial countries  $14.4*30=$432 How will you spend your money when you  earn $432 per month?
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A relative poverty measure Median household income -you are considered poor if your household  income is less than 50% of the median  household income in your country
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BUT, poverty is multidimensional “The human poverty index” - deprivation of a long, healthy life -deprivation of knowledge -deprivation in decent living standard
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Poverty thresholds: 2009 Persons in family Poverty line 1 $ 10,830 2 14,570 3 18,310 4 22,050 5 25,790 6 29,530 7 33,270 8 37,010 For each additional person, add 3,740
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How do we get the “poverty thresholds”? -a 1955 Agriculture department survey “people with three or more members spent  one-third of their income on food at the  time, the poverty line was set at three times  of minimum cost of an adequate diet
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How do we get the “poverty thresholds”?
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