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Title: The Economic Lives of the Poor

Author(s): Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo

Publication Date: December 2006

Keyword(s): consumption choices, development and poverty

Programme Area(s): Development Economics and Public Economics

Abstract: This paper uses survey data from 13 countries to document the economic lives of the poor (those living on less than $2 dollar per day per capita at purchasing power parity) or the extremely poor (those living on less than $1 dollar per day). We describe their patterns of consumption and income generation as well as their access to markets and publicly provided infrastructure. The paper concludes with a discussion of some apparent anomalous choices.

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Banerjee, A and Duflo, E. 2006. 'The Economic Lives of the Poor'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.