World Bank researchers have been trying to assess the extent of extreme poverty in the world since 1979. Two ingredients have always been key to these endeavors: an international absolute poverty line, derived from national lines used in some of the world’s poorest countries, and purchasing power parity (PPP) exchange rates used to compare the cost of living across countries. Periodic revisions in PPP exchange rates have typically led to changes in the poverty line, and consequently in our global poverty estimates.
In this talk Francisco Ferreira will review our experience with global poverty measurement so far. He will focus in particular on the most recent poverty update, which incorporated the 2011 PPP data released last year. The latest PPP update led to a substantial re-assessment of relative purchasing powers around the world, and hence to a large nominal change in the poverty line: from $1.25 to $1.90/day. He will review the principles, practices, and pitfalls involved in the latest update, and then discuss some of the ideas being floated for the future of global poverty measurement at the World Bank.
Please note this event was rescheduled to November 30 from its originally scheduled date of November 10.
Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015