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The urbanization of global poverty (English)

There is a seemingly widely-held perception that poverty is urbanizing rapidly in the developing world; indeed, some observers believe that poverty is now mainly an urban problem. This paper aims to throw new light on the extent to which poverty is in fact urbanizing in the developing world and what role urbanization of the population has played in overall poverty reduction. We report our results in studying a new data set created for this paper, covering about 90 developing countries with observations over time for about 80 percent of them.


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The urbanization of global poverty (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.