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Chronic Poverty: scrutinizing estimates, patterns, correlates and explanations

Shahin Yaqub


The paper lists estimates of chronic poverty incidences in 25 countries. Research reveals its 'patterns' and socio-economic 'correlates', but hardly 'explanations'. The patterns are three (economic insecurity, short-range mobility and path dependency) and the correlates are four (spatial, demographics and household type, human capital and labour, and physical assets). Important similarities are observed between developing and affluent countries in such patterns and correlates. In countries of vastly differing wealth, apparently people face some similar problems in fully participating and the burden of poverty is unequally shared over time, i.e. chronic poverty. Recognizing this, the paper draws on research in affluent countries centred more closely on life experiences. Such 'lifefull' approaches to chronic poverty contrast with present 'lifeless' approaches in developing countries. Useful explanations should understand the reversibility of chronic poverty, timeliness of reversals and relevance of outcomes.

Publication Type(s)

CPRC Working Paper


international comparisons insecurity inequality

ISBN: 1-904049-20-6


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