LAC Equity Lab: Poverty - Regional Distribution

Brazil and Mexico are the most populous countries of the region and are home to more than half of the poor in the region. In contrast, less than 5 percent of the poor in LAC reside in the Southern Cone.

Each of the 5 sub-regions is selected by means of their proximity and population. Brazil and Mexico are considered two separate regions on their own. The Andean region includes Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Central America includes Dominican Republic, Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua.The Southern cone includes Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay.

The SEDLAC (CEDLAS and WB) harmonization is an effort to increase cross-country comparability. However, methodological changes in the underlying surveys may result in non-comparable data that the harmonization process cannot fully solve. It is important that the user know what data is and is not comparable. For more information, visit the comparability dashboard.