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Why we need more than a single number to measure poverty

A Paraguayan woman cooks in one of Paraguay's poor neighborhoods in Asuncion, March 31,2015. Paraguay's government announced that the poverty index rose in 2014 over the previous year, a tendency that goes against the government's official goal of improving the standard of living.

More detailed measurement of poverty is needed, argues Julia Corvalan. Image: REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

Julia Corvalan
Aspen New Voices Fellow and Strategy Adviser, Fundacion Paraguaya
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