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Global Poverty Estimates: A Sensitivity Analysis
World Development (2013)
  • Shatakshee Dhongde, Georgia Institute of Technology - Main Campus
  • Camelia Minoiu, International Monetary Fund
Current estimates of global poverty vary substantially across studies. We undertake a sensitivity analysis to highlight the importance of methodological choices by measuring global poverty using different data sources, parametric and nonparametric estimation methods, and multiple poverty lines. Our results indicate that estimates of global poverty vary significantly when they are based alternately on data from household surveys versus national accounts but are relatively consistent across estimation methods. The decline in poverty over the past decade is found to be robust across methodological choices.
  • global poverty,
  • sensitivity analysis,
  • household surveys,
  • national accounts,
  • nonparametrics,
  • income distribution
Publication Date
April, 2013
Citation Information
Shatakshee Dhongde and Camelia Minoiu. "Global Poverty Estimates: A Sensitivity Analysis" World Development Vol. 44 (2013)
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