This paper uses survey data from 13 countries todocument the economic lives of the poor (those livingon less than $2 dollar per day per capita at purchasingpower parity ) or the extremely poor (those living onless than $1 dollar per day). We describe theirpatterns of consumption and income generation aswell as their access to markets and publicly providedinfrastructure. The paper concludes with a discussionof some apparent anomalous choices.

Publication type: 
Published Paper
Journal: 
Journal of Economic Perspectives
Date: 
January 01, 2007