DP5968 The Economic Lives of the Poor

Author(s): Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo
Publication Date: December 2006
Keyword(s): consumption choices, development, poverty
JEL(s): O10, O15, O16
Programme Areas: Public Economics, Development Economics
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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.