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Myanmar achieved sigificant poverty reduction in the last two decades, declining to 2% of the population below the international poverty line and 24.8% below the national poverty line in 2017. Recent political developments in the country risk undoing that progress as conflict and instablity, high rates of migration, hamrful social norms and climate shocks threaten to push many people back into poverty and lead to new groups vulnerable to impoverishment. DEEP is working on innovations in data to measure extreme poverty, analysing of the main drivers of poverty in Myanmar, and studying what works to reduce extreme poverty.

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Poverty and vulnerablity transitions in Myanmar: An analysis using synthetic panels

Over the past decade, Myanmar has experienced sustained economic growth and steady reductions in poverty. Between 2010 and 2015, the poverty rate fell from 42% to 32% of the population; just two years later, in 2017, it had dropped below 25%. Through this project, we derive new insights into household-level movements into and out of different states of poverty and vulnerability during the latter part of this period using national survey data from 2015 and 2017. A synthetic panel data approach studying poverty and vulnerablity transitions in Myanmar between 2015-2017.


Poverty Trends in Myanmar

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