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Poverty Line

The minimum yearly income that a person or family needs in order to provide for basic needs. Frequently, a government agency sets the poverty line for a jurisdiction; this line may bear only a rough relationship to one's actual poverty. However, a poverty line is often used to determine eligibility for welfare and other benefit programs.
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These authors and/or institutions had employed different methods, chose different poverty lines and used different type of household survey data.
In order to avoid the arbitrary setting of a single poverty line, we consider a range of poverty lines as suggested by Hagenaars and van Praag [16].
As different index numbers were used for updating the poverty lines, the estimates of poverty obtained by different authors, using even the same data sets, were different.
In the latter case, the majority of the studies were restricted to defining poverty in terms of the Food Poverty Line (FPL)--expenditure needed to meet the minimum calorie intake (mostly 2550 calories per day per adult).
However, firstly the poverty lines are assessed and compared using different methodologies.
There are 22million family members in Egypt, where two out of five family members are children, with their consumption level below the level of national poverty line.
Though the latest official figures are not available, 50 percent of the people today are believed to be living below the poverty line.
The aggregation exercise is concerned with combining information on the distribution of income and the poverty line in order to come up with a single real number which is supposed to signify the extent of poverty in the society under review.
The commission calculates its poverty line through the Tendulkar methodology, which uses implicit prices derived from quantity and value data collected in household consumer expenditure surveys.
The report defines children as those under the age of 16 and uses the upper poverty line to determine the different poverty lines per region and age.
The hunger line was TL 940, while the poverty line was TL 3,063 in the same month of 2011.
In keeping with this tradition, India's planning commission told the Supreme Court last week that anyone spending more than Rs965 a month in a town or Rs781 in a village will be deemed not to be poor and will no longer be eligible to draw benefits from government welfare programmes meant for people living below poverty line.

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