estimates. These new numbers are based on a new price survey and a new benchmark international poverty line of $1.25 in 2005 purchasing power parities (PPPs). The new figures purport to describe world poverty since 1981, and thus affect our understanding of the world over the last quarter century of globalization. The new estimates also suggest that the number of poor is almost fifty per cent more than previously thought. Can the new estimates be trusted? Unfortunately, the numbers are based on the same methods used earlier and are undermined by the same problems as the earlier estimates. The new international poverty line is too low to cover the cost of purchasing basic necessities. One could not live in the US on $1.25 a day in 2005, nor therefore on an equivalent amount elsewhere. One’s daily income can be a great deal higher than $1.25 and stil
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