Poverty Measurement in Latin America in the Framework of Transformation and Heterogeneity

Author/s: 
Pedro Sáinz

This paper explores poverty measurement in South America using the example of Brazil because its magnitude and heterogeneity allow commenting on a broad spectrum of situations that give a good picture of what happens in many countries. It places poverty measurement within the context of two key frameworks. First, the socio-economic transformation that has taken place in the last decade. Second, the need to understand different norms and their influence on expenditure patterns between different geographical areas and socio-economic groups.