Eradicating global poverty: a noble goal, but how do we measure it?

by Emma Samman, Martin Ravallion, Lant Pritchett et al.
Overseas Development Institute, June 2013

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All agree that eradicating absolute poverty should remain at the forefront of a new goal on poverty, but opinions differ as to what constitutes extreme poverty and how we should measure it. Proposals to broaden the definition of poverty include incorporating relative poverty, a poverty line high enough to reflect poverty in rich countries too, and a measure of multidimensional deprivation. Disagreement exists over whether ‘international dollars’ are the best way to measure poverty, with a proposal for efforts toward internationally consistent national poverty measurement.

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