He will present their findings at the Center for Global Development on September 24. For more seminar information, please visit the CGD’s website.
We review the origins of the dollar-a-day poverty line, discuss historical poverty and inequality trends, and forecast poverty rates until 2030 using a new fractional response approach. Three findings stand out. First, global poverty reduction since 1981 has been rapid but regional trends are heterogeneous. Second, the pace of poverty reduction at 1.25$ a day will slow down. Our optimistic scenarios suggest a poverty rate of 8-9% in 2030, far short of the World Bank’s new 3% target. Third, rapid progress can be maintained at 2$ a day, with an additional one billion people crossing that line by 2030.