Imagine you have 10 dollars a day, but you have no drinking water, no access to education nor to health services - according to today's poverty measures you are not poor. That's why we need new poverty measures to capture the multidimensionality of poverty. We provide a multidimensional poverty measure for Laos to reveal how people are poor.
What exactly constitutes poverty? When is a person considered poor, and how many poor people are there worldwide? Are certain population segements at greater risk of being poor than others? The goal of halven the proportion of people living below USD 1.25 a day within the MDG-agenda has been reached in September 2013. But has the living situation of the world's poorest people really improved? In fact, our multidimensional poverty measure for Laos shows that social inequalities have increased, and that assessing poverty requires differentiated means of measurement