Impressive Accomplishments or Incomplete Achievements?
ADBI series on Asian Economic Integration and Cooperation
Edited by Jacques Silber and Guanghua Wan
Chapter 2: A poverty line contingent on reference groups: implications for the extent of poverty in some Asian countries
This chapter estimates the number of poor in various countries in Asia by applying an ‘amalgam poverty line’, which is a weighted average of an absolute poverty line (such as $1.25 per day or $1.45 per day) and a reference income (such as the mean or the median income). The number of poor is computed under various values of the weight applied to the absolute poverty line, namely 100 percent, 90 percent, 66 percent and 50 percent. The chapter provides estimates of the headcount ratio and poverty gap ratio under the various scenarios for 25 different countries or regions examined.
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