In beginning my research (to be outlined soon), I have run into the first manifestation of what will probably be a reoccuring problem. For those of you who don’t read spanish, this article briefly outlines several of the statistics published by the INDEC (the Argentinian Census Bureau) that show a marked decrease in the number of poor, impoverished, and indigent in the country.
However, the methodoligy used to collect and analyze this data is suspect, showing what is more likely to be a willful tweaking of the numbers rather than better economic performance or the success of government anti-poverty programs.
Example: The price of a basket of basic goods needed to survive, a common tool used to measure poverty, was recently listed by the INDEC at 1000 pesos a month.
Problem 1: Average Market Price as well as analysis conducted by other government organs and private groups list this price at much closer to 1600 pesos.
Problem 2: The poverty line used by the government to distribute resources is around 800 pesos per household per month. This means a family AT the poverty line can only purchase roughly half of the necessary goods to survive.
Problem 3: The poorest 20% on less than 250 pesos a month. The poorest 10% of the population live on 170 pesos or fewer a month. That is 10% of the price of a basic basket of goods needed to survive.
note: I am having trouble locating what specifically is included in the basket. Historically, these are food, shelter, and clothing.