Children pose for a picture at the impoverished Hay al-Gharbeh neighborhood of Beirut, Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Lebanon is an "upper middle income" economy, in the hermetic parlance of international development, but over one in four residents of the country live in poverty, according to a new study by the World Bank and Lebanon's Central Administration of Statistics.The study collected data from a random sample of households in 2011 and 2012, before the number of Syrians living in Lebanon reached anywhere near its recent peak.Around 16 percent of Beirut residents live in poverty, the lowest incidence in the country, according to the study, compared to 36-38 percent of North Lebanon and Bekaa Valley residents, where the rate of poverty is the highest.The CAS released the household data behind the findings two years ago, but only this month completed its collaborative study with the World Bank.
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