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Researchers Call World Bank Poverty Figures Too Low

New research suggests that global poverty figures - which the World Bank defines as people living on less than $1.25 a day - could be underestimated by up to one-third. The World Bank figures are widely used and play a significant role in global strategies to reduce poverty. But critics argue the "dollar a day" poverty standard is too arbitrary and does not take into account many basic human needs. Researchers at the University of Bristol looked at shelter, sanitation, water,...

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