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CGD Analysts Examine New Data On Purchasing Power Parity

Sarah Dykstra, Charles Kenny, and Justin Sandefur of the Center for Global Development (CGD) examine the International Comparison Project’s recently released purchasing power parity numbers for the world’s economies in the CGD’s “Views from the Center” blog. “[T]he new numbers still suggest the size and distribution of world income looks considerably different than we previously thought.  The World Bank will produce new official estimates in the coming days, but our preliminary estimates suggest the share of people in the developing world living below the absolute poverty line of $1.25 per day in 2010 ‘fell’ by nearly half, from about 19.7 percent to 11.2 percent, thanks to the revisions…” (5/2). Tom Paulson of Humanosphere also discusses CGD’s assessment of the numbers (5/2).