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Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty

Paul Segal (Editor), Joseph Stiglitz (Editor), Sudhir Anand (Editor)

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The international community's commitment to halve global poverty by 2015 has been enshrined in the first Millennium Development Goal. How global poverty is measured is a critical element in assessing progress towards this goal, and different researchers have presented widely-varying estimates.

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ISBN13: 9780199558049
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Topics covered include the controversies surrounding the definition of a global poverty line; the use of purchasing power parity exchange rates to map the poverty line across countries; and the quality, and appropriate use, of data from national accounts and household surveys.

Both official and independent estimates of global poverty have proved to be controversial, and this volume presents and analyses the lively debate that has ensued. The chapters in this volume address a range of problems in the measurement and estimation of global poverty, from a variety of viewpoints.

About the Editors

Paul Segal
Research Fellow
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Paul Segal is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and a Junior Research Fellow at New College, Oxford. His research covers global poverty and inequality, and the economics of resource-rich countries, with a particular focus on the distribution of income. Prior to completing his DPhil at Nuffield College, Oxford, in 2006, he was a Research Fellow at Harvard University's Global Equity Initiative, and a Consultant Economist at the UNDP, where he worked on the Human Development Report 2002. He has been a Visiting Scholar at the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and at the Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas in Mexico City.

Joseph Stiglitz
Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)

Joseph E. Stiglitz is President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, and Chairman of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He is University Professor at Columbia, teaching in its Economics Department, its Business School, and its School of International and Public Affairs. He chaired the UN Commission of Experts on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System, created in the aftermath of the financial crisis by the President of the General Assembly. He is former Chief Economist and Senior Vice-President of the World Bank and Chairman of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisors. He was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 2001.

Sudhir Anand
Professor of Economics
Oxford University

Sudhir Anand is Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and Official Fellow of St Catherine's College, Oxford. His recent research has focussed on inequality, poverty, and undernutrition; human development; population ethics; health economics; and the theory and measurement of economic inequality. He has been Visiting and Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and served as Acting Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He has also been Visiting Professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and is currently Visiting Professor at the Harvard Medical School. He chaired the WHO scientific committee on health systems performance assessment.

About the Authors

Krishnamurthy Sundaram
Delhi School of Economics
University of Delhi

David Sahn
International Professor of Economics
Cornell University

Suresh D. Tendulkar
Executive Director of the Center for Development Economics
Delhi School of Economics
University of Delhi

Stephen Younger
Associate Director, Food and Nutrition Policy Program
Cornell University

Shaohua Chen
Development Research Group
World Bank

Martin Ravallion
Development Research Group
World Bank

Sanjay Reddy
Associate Professor of Economics
The New School

Thomas Pogge
Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs
Yale University

Surjit Bhalla
Managing Director
Oxus Research and Investments

T.N. Srinivasan
Professor, Department of Economics
Yale University

Bettina Aten
Office of the Director

Alan Heston
Professor Emeritus
University of Pennsylvania

Angus Deaton
Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Princeton University

Robert Johnston
Professor of Economics
Clark University

Ivo Havinga
Chief of Economic Statistics Branch

Gisele Kamanou
Poverty Statistics Expert
United Nations

Viet Vu
Statistics Division
United Nations

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr
Professor of International Affairs
The New School

Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is Professor of International Affairs at the New School. She is a development economist working in the multidisciplinary framework of capabilities and human development, and currently works on relating human rights and development policy, conflict prevention, and global technology. She was previously a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government. From 1995 to 2004, she was lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports. She serves on the Board of the International Association for Feminist Economics, and of several NGOs that advocate human rights and technology for development. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General to the Committee on Development Policy.

David Stewart

Albert Berry
Professor Emeritus
University of Toronto

Carl Riskin
Professor of Economics
The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Qin Gao
Assistant Professor
Fordham University

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The Debate on Globalization, Poverty and Inequality: Why Measurement Matters



How Not to Count the Poor



A Reply to Reddy and Pogge



How Many Poor People Should There Be? A Rejoinder to Ravallion



Raising the Standard: the War on Global Poverty



Irrelevance of the $1-a-Day Poverty Line



Use of Country Purchasing Power Parities for International Comparisons of Poverty Levels



Measuring Poverty in a Growing World (or Measuring Growth in a Poor World)



Poverty or Income Distribution: Which Do We Want to Measure?



A Note on the (Mis)Use of National Accounts for Estimation of Household Final Consumption Expenditures for Poverty Measures



Unequal Development in the 1990s: Growing Gaps in Human Capabilities



Improving Measurement of Latin American Inequality and Poverty with an Eye to Equitable Growth Policy



The Changing Nature of Urban Poverty in China



China is Poorer than We Thought, but No Less Successful in the Fight against Poverty



Poverty Decline in India in the 1990s: A Reality And Not An Artifact



Living Standards in Africa


Publication Information

Type Book
Program Poverty
Posted 03/01/10
Download Not Available
# Pages 304
Publisher Oxford University Press
Year 2010