Poverty in Haiti

This short poverty profile for Haiti, compiled in the period of transition government following the fall of Aristide, but before the devastating September 2004 floods, presents what the authors describe as “stylised facts” on poverty in the country.

Among the key findings of the paper are:

  • in Haiti generally a larger proportion of the population falls into poverty than elsewhere in the region
  • the majority of the poor live in rural areas with rural poverty rates are more than double those in the metropolitan area
  • rural landlessness is not a defining feature of poverty in Haiti and income differences between rural and urban areas are not caused by differences in household characteristics but by geography.

The paper gives a detailed technical methodology for it’s assessment and presents a wide range of statistical data as tables and annexes.

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