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Louise Manning
Risk Management Consultant and Business Coach
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You are right to say that each country defines what it considers to be "poverty" and that this definition varies around the world. Therefore "poverty" is relative from country to country. Having received your comment I have read the US Census Bureau definition of poverty and there are 48 parameters described as poverty thresholds. In the UK there is also no easy measure for what poverty is either, but the term proves very emotive. I think this quote probably sums up what we are saying: "The most commonly used way to measure poverty is based on incomes. A person is considered poor if his or her income level falls below some minimum level necessary to meet basic needs. This minimum level is usually called the "poverty line". What is necessary to satisfy basic needs varies across time and societies. Therefore, poverty lines vary in time and place, and each country uses lines which are appropriate to its level of development, societal norms and values." The World Bank Organisation
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2011 on Poverty in America at The Human Imprint
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