Is severe poverty a good proxy for chronic poverty? Evidence from a multi-country study
This paper seeks to assess the extent to which severe or extreme poverty, measured at one point in time, can serve as an adequate proxy for chronic poverty. It analyses 23 panel data sets from 12 countries. It concludes that severe poverty serves as a fairly reliable predictor of chronic poverty. Greater availability of panel data sets would make for a more reliable approach. Until then, severe poverty can be considered an adequate proxy for identifying significant numbers of the chronically poor.
CPRC Working Paper
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