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Is There a Divergence Between Objective Measures and Subjective Perceptions of Poverty Trends? Evidence from West and Central Africa

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Abstract: Several sub-Saharan African countries have succeeded at increasing their economic growth rate in recent years, and this has translated into substantial poverty reduction according to objective measures based on household survey data. At the same time, many people do not feel that the poverty situation has been improving in their country or community, and this is a source of concern for elected policymakers. To what extent is there a divergence between objective measures and subjective perceptions of poverty trends, and what may explain this divergence: the objective of this note is to document and discuss this issue using data from West and Central Africa and results from a series of poverty assessments recently completed at the World Bank.
Type: Publications & Research :: Brief
Publications & Research
Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10986/9554
Subject: ABSOLUTE MEASURE OF POVERTY
ABSOLUTE POVERTY
ABSOLUTE POVERTY LINE
ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE
BASIC INFRASTRUCTURE
BASIC NEEDS
CASH CROP
CASH INCOME
CHANGES IN POVERTY
CLIMATE CHANGE
CONSUMPTION DATA
CONSUMPTION PER CAPITA
CORRUPTION
DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS
DROP IN POVERTY
ECONOMIC GROWTH
EMPIRICAL WORK
FARMERS
GINI INDEX
GROWTH PERFORMANCE
GROWTH RATES
HEALTH CENTERS
HIGH GROWTH
HIGH POPULATION GROWTH
HOUSEHOLD SURVEYS
INCREASING INEQUALITY
INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES
LARGE CITIES
LEARNING
NATIONAL ACCOUNTS
POOR
POPULATION GROWTH
POPULATION GROWTH RATE
POVERTY ASSESSMENTS
POVERTY DATA
POVERTY ESTIMATES
POVERTY INCIDENCE
POVERTY MEASURE
POVERTY MEASUREMENT
POVERTY MEASURES
POVERTY REDUCTION
POVERTY SITUATION
PROGRESS
PUBLIC OFFICIALS
RATE OF GROWTH
RATES OF GROWTH
RELATIVE POVERTY LINE
STREET CHILDREN
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA
SUBSISTENCE
SUBSISTENCE FARMING
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
URBAN AREAS
URBAN MIGRATION
VULNERABILITY




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