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Scirj Volume VI, Issue III, March 2018 Edition
ISSN: 2201-2796

Poverty Based on Earning Stratum: A New Dimension for Poverty Analysis in Sri Lanka

Seetha P.B. Ranathunga

Abstract: The poverty headcount ratio shows the number of people below the poverty line, who represent the most vulnerable sector of the population. However, the number of people marginally above the poverty line is also very important because these people are at risk of slipping back into poverty and this segment of the population is highly vulnerable to economic shocks. Thus, this study focuses on both of these population groups by taking 10 per cent sample around the national poverty line in Sri Lanka. The HIES data 2006/7 has been used for this analysis. Results confirm that there are no purely agricultural households in extreme poverty, as most agricultural households are diversified in their sources of income. Thus, the highest poverty rate in the country is found in this diversified income group and also poor households in Sri Lanka mostly depend on unskilled wage labour, followed by transfers. However the highest poverty elasticity was observed in the agricultural stratum under the $2/day poverty line.

Reference this Paper: Poverty Based on Earning Stratum: A New Dimension for Poverty Analysis in Sri Lanka by Seetha P.B. Ranathunga published at: "Scientific Research Journal (Scirj), Volume VI, Issue III, March 2018 Edition, Page 61-68 ".

Search Terms: Earning strata, Poverty headcount, Poverty elasticity, Poverty line, Sri Lanka

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