Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: An Update

Date: August 2011
Type: Papers and Briefs
Series: Economics Working Papers
ISSN: 1655-5252 (print)
Author: Wan, Guanghua; Sebastian, Iva


This paper updates poverty estimates for Asia and the Pacific from 2005 to 2008. It is found that those living below the $1.25 poverty line decreased from 903.4 million to 753.5 million and those below the $2 poverty line from 1.8 billion to1.63 billion. However, Asia and the Pacific region remains home to the majority of the global poor. And performance of poverty reduction varied considerably across subregions and countries, with poor economies generally lagging behind.


  • Highlights
  • Introduction
  • Methodological Issues
  • Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: 2008 Update
  • Reliability and Sensitivity Analyses
  • Implications
  • Conclusion
  • Appendixes
  • References