Poverty & inequality
Working for Gordon Brown, Ashwin Kumar carried out analysis to look at the relationships between economic growth, inequality and poverty. He used historic country-specific growth and poverty data from the World Bank to calculate growth-to-poverty conversion rates. These were combined with OECD and other growth forecasts to build a projection model to assess the prospects for reducing $1.25 and $2.00-a-day poverty over the next two decades.
Inequality and the distribution of income
He used projections by World Bank economists of global and regional income distributions and global inequality to assess likely changes in the size of the global middle class, focusing particularly on those in the lower half of the income distribution in lower income countries.
"If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin."