[OPE-L] New paper on poverty in Latin America

From: glevy@PRATT.EDU
Date: Tue Dec 18 2007 - 13:26:35 EST

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Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 11:46:24 -0500


Subject: New paper on poverty in Latin

GDAE announces the publication of a new working paper
by GDAE Research Fellow Ann Helwege and Melissa Birch:
“Declining Poverty in Latin America? A Critical Analysis of New
Estimates by International Institutions”

Indicators of
progress in overcoming poverty in Latin America have been heralded
recently by international institutions. Yet a closer look at data from the
World Bank and the United Nations reveals contradictions that are not
easily resolved by reference to the underlying methodologies. This paper
provides an introduction to how poverty is measured, what the data
indicate about trends in poverty, and reasons to tread cautiously in
interpreting it as evidence of progress or stagnation. While significant
progress has been achieved in a few large countries, the poorest countries
are still very poor, and some countries have even seen increases in their
poverty rates despite economic growth.
The paper was presented at
the Sept. 2007 Latin American Studies Association congress. It is
available at:http://www.ase.tufts.edu/gdae/Pubs/wp/07-02LatinAmPoverty.pdf
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