• Udaya Wagle
Part of the Economic Studies in Inequality, Social Exclusion and Well-Being book series (EIAP, volume 4)


Poverty has registered as one of the most intractable economic and social problems in the twenty-first century. It has undermined the enormous prosperity we have achieved, drawing universal policy attention regardless of the form or state of societies. Much of the underdeveloped world manifests pre-industrial social arrangements with the significant portion of its population unable to acquire basic necessities such as food, water, and shelter. The World Bank (2004) statistics show, for example, that 34 percent of the population was poor in South Asia in 2001, with the figure for Sub-Saharan Africa estimated at 48 percent.1Despite enormous economic growth and achievement, the higher-income developing world still finds parts of the population falling significantly behind in quality of life. While the income poverty line applied to the underdeveloped world identifies 14 percent of the East Asian population as poor, a more appropriate, higher poverty line would set 42 percent as...


Poverty Line Social Exclusion Social Inclusion Capability Approach Poverty Measurement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Udaya Wagle
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  1. 1.Western Michigan UniversityKalamazooUSA

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