Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: An Update

Publication | August 2011

Though poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific in 2005–2008 had been quite significant, the region remains home to the largest number of the world’s poor. In 2008, around 63% of the poor worldwide lived in the region.

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 to 1.63 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

Additional Details

  • Economics
  • Poverty
  • WPS113836
  • 1655-5252 (Print)

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