Global Extreme Poverty

By: Max Roser and Esteban Ortiz-Ospina

According to these household surveys, 44% of the world population lived in absolute poverty in 1981. Since then, the share of poor people has declined very fast – in fact faster than ever before in world history. In 32 years the share of people living in extreme poverty was divided by four, reaching levels below 11% in 2013.

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