Poverty in Latin America

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Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS)
Available from: 
August 2021
Paper author(s): 
Leonardo Gasparini
María Emma Santos
Leopoldo Tornarolli
Poverty - Inequality - Aid Effectiveness

Despite some progress in recent decades, poverty remains a top social concern in Latin America. A large proportion of Latin Americans live with very low incomes and are deprived in other fundamental welfare dimensions such as education, health, housing and sanitation. The measurement of income and multidimensional poverty in the region has advanced significantly in recent decades. In particular, there has been a remarkable increase in the availability of microdata from national household surveys and of poverty statistics published by governments and other institutions. Yet, the measurement of poverty in Latin America still has some limitations that should be addressed in the years to come.


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