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Measuring global poverty before and during the pandemic: a political economy of overoptimism

Sumner, Andy; Ortiz-Juarez, Eduardo; Hoy, Christopher


The contribution of this paper is to question the ‘official’ estimates of global monetary poverty up to and during the COVID-19 pandemic. We argue there is a political economy of overoptimism in the measurement of global poverty. Specifically, we show that the methodological and presentational choices can lead to an over optimistic view of the levels of, and trends in, global poverty. We provide an up-to-date critique of the global poverty estimates and demonstrate how patterns of poverty would...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Third World Quarterly
DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2021.1995712
Access Rights: Open Access

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