Línea de pobreza y salarios, 1913-1925. Una primera aproximación

  • Luis Felipe Zegarra University of California Los Angeles
Keywords: Poverty, Prices, Wages, Peru


This article relies on linear programming to calculate the extreme poverty line between 1913 and 1925. Using several sources, I estimate the minimum amount of income that a family had to earn in order to afford its basic feeding needs. Our estimations indicate that the minimum basket of foodstuff was afforded with a little more than a sol per day before the First World War, and that the cost of such basket increased to more than twice toward the end of the war. A comparison with the salaries of the period indicates that in Lima a large number of workers could afford the basket of basic foodstuff of their families, especially if more than one member of the family received wages; but that such ability largely declined by the end of the 1910s


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Zegarra, L. (2011). Línea de pobreza y salarios, 1913-1925. Una primera aproximación. Economia, 34(67), 39-56. Retrieved from https://revistas.pucp.edu.pe/index.php/economia/article/view/2613