July 8, 2015

A Reduction in Poverty Is Related to the Change in the Share of the Low-Income Population but Not to the Change in the Share of the Middle-Income Population

Decrease in share of poor from 2001 to 2011 vs. ...

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Correlation: 0.54

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Correlation: 0.0

Note: Poor live on $2 or less daily, low income on $2.01-10 daily, and middle income on $10.01-20 daily; figures expressed in 2011 purchasing power parities in 2011 prices. Advanced economies and countries with an increase in poverty from 2001 to 2011 excluded.

Source: Pew Research Center analysis of data from the World Bank PovcalNet database (Center for Global Development version available on the Harvard Dataverse Network)