Author Affiliation, Ana.
The dynamics of poverty in Jamaica, 1989-1999
Social and Economic Studies
Date of Publication
Reviews the level of poverty in Jamaica. An absolute measurement of poverty is used to determine the number of individuals and households on or below the poverty line.In 1999, the percentage of persons on or below the poverty line was 17 percent, down from 30.5 percent in 1989. Reviews the levels of poverty and attempts to provide explanations as to why poverty levels may have decreased: stable inflation rate, improvement in agricultural production and the recovery in real wages. Contends that the 10 percent of persons who are in 'ultra poverty' and the 5 percent in 'food poverty' need special focus.On average,they are aged under 30, have high levels of household dependency,live mainly in the rural areas and have less than 8 years of schooling. Suggests that the State needs to target these vulnerable persons.....