Mexico cuts poverty at a stroke – by changing the way it measures earnings

06/18/17 The Guardian

Mexico Poverty by Flickr user Global Tribe
Photo by Flickr User Global Tribe

Mexico’s impoverished masses were up to 33.6% richer in 2015 than the previous year, according to the state-run statistics service.

But the change owes less to a sudden increase in actual wealth and wellbeing for the country’s poor than to unannounced changes in the methodology for measuring household earnings.

The changes make comparing poverty rates from one year to the next impossible – something acknowledged by the National Geography and Statistics Institute (Inegi).

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