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A global count of the extreme poor in 2012 : data issues, methodology and initial results (English)

The 2014 release of a new set of purchasing power parity conversion factors (PPPs) for 2011 has prompted a revision of the international poverty line. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7432 OCT 03, 2015

Ferreira,Francisco H. G.; Chen,Shaohua; Dabalen,Andrew L.; Dikhanov,Yuri M.; Hamadeh,Nada; Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell; Narayan,Ambar; Prydz,Espen Beer; Revenga,Ana L.; Sangraula,Prem; Serajuddin,Umar; Yoshida,Nobuo

Estimating poverty with panel data, comparably : an example from Jordan (English)

Poverty estimates based on enumeration from a single point in time form the cornerstone for much of the literature on poverty. Households are typically interviewed once about their consumption or income, and their wellbeing is assessed from their responses. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7373 JUL 21, 2015

Jolliffe,Dean Mitchell; Serajuddin,Umar

Energy subsidies reform in Jordan : welfare implications of different scenarios (English)

Facing a fiscal crisis, Jordan initiated substantial petroleum subsidy reforms in 2012. The government has also long contemplated how to cut electricity subsidies, which surpass the fiscal burdens imposed by the petroleum subsidies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7313 JUN 17, 2015

Atamanov,Aziz; Jellema,Jon Robbert; Serajuddin,Umar

Energy subsidies reform in Jordan : welfare implications of different scenarios (English)

As the Arab Spring unfolded and political unrest spread across the Arab world, Jordan faced an adverse economy as well. Fundamental to the economic challenge was high and rising energy prices, already heavily subsidized for consumers. ... See More +

Working Paper 97159 MAY 31, 2015

Atamanov,Aziz; Jellema,Jon Robbert; Serajuddin,Umar

Data deprivation : another deprivation to end (English)

The Millennium Development Goal of halving the incidence of extreme poverty from its 1990 level will be achieved in 2015, and the international development community is now moving to a new goal of “ending extreme poverty.” ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7252 APR 28, 2015

Serajuddin,Umar; Uematsu,Hiroki; Wieser,Christina; Yoshida,Nobuo; Dabalen,Andrew L.

Updating poverty estimates at frequent intervals in the absence of consumption data : methods and illustration with reference to a middle-income country (English)

Obtaining consistent estimates on poverty over time as well as monitoring poverty trends on a timely basis is a priority concern for policy makers. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS7043 SEP 01, 2014

Dang, Hai-Anh H.; Lanjouw, Peter F.; Serajuddin, Umar

Who is deprived ? who feels deprived ? labor deprivation, youth and gender in Morocco (English)

One of the recurrent explanations of the Arab spring is that governments were disconnected from their populations and that public policies were simply not in line with peoples sentiments and expectations. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6090 JUN 01, 2012

Serajuddin, Umar; Verme, Paolo

Promoting youth opportunities and participation in Morocco (English)

This quick note is based on the report of the same name which was prepared just prior to the Arab Spring. The study anticipates the demands for social and economic inclusion articulated by Moroccan young people, especially February 2011. ... See More +

Brief 73001 JUN 01, 2012

Cava, Gloria La; Vishwanath, Tara; Morgandi, Matteo; Serajuddin, Umar; Ivanic, Maros; Jillson, Irene

Poverty in MENA : advances and challenges (English)

On February 29, 2012, the World Bank released an updated dataset of internationally comparable poverty estimates. Poverty is assessed against two internationally comparable poverty lines: $1.25 and $2 a day per capita (measured using 2005 purchasing power parity exchange rates). ... See More +

Brief 68272 APR 01, 2012

Vishwanath, Tara; Serajuddin, Umar