Trends And Patterns Of Poverty In Bangladesh In Recent Years
Bangladesh has been successful in achieving significant poverty reduction since 1990, as successive rounds of Household Income and Expenditure Surveys (HIES) conducted by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) have shown. This paper will focus particularly on changes in poverty incidence during the period of 2000-2005 – between the last two rounds of the HIES – disaggregated by rural/urban areas and divisions. The relationship between changes in poverty, consumption growth and distributional changes is also explored in some detail. The analysis will help better understand the pattern of poverty reduction in Bangladesh – between different consumption groups, urban and rural areas and regions.