Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102064
Authors: 
Almås, Ingvild
Johnsen, Åshild Auglænd
Kotsadam, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Memorandum, Department of Economics, University of Oslo 11/2014
Abstract: 
Estimates of poverty are highly sensitive to price and income measures across time and space. This paper offers a complementary approach to traditional poverty measurement that ensures comparability: we use nighttime light as a proxy for poverty measurement. We measure the percentage of populated areas in China with no nighttime light, and the percentage of the population living in these areas.Between 1992 and 2005, both measures reveal a steady decrease in poverty in China. From 2005 to 2010, however, we find no evidence of a significant poverty reduction.
Subjects: 
China
Poverty
Nighttime light
JEL: 
I30
I32
O10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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