Bangkok | June 2011

 THB 52.87 (USD 1.71, EUR 1.19).

This is based on Thailand’s national poverty line of THB 1,586 per person per month (noted that this is higher than the international standard of USD 1 PPP per day).

8.1% of the population was under the poverty line in 2009. The largest increase in poverty incidence was brought on by the Asian economic crisis, where poverty increased from 17% in 1996 to 18.8% in 1998 to 21.3% in 2000.

Thailand’s national poverty line is based on food and non-food requirements for different regions, population groups, consumption patterns, and consumer price indices in urban and rural areas. It was changed from an income-based to an expenditure-based poverty line since 2004. Poverty data is tracked by the Office of National Economic and Social Development Board, and household surveying is conducted by the National Statistical Office.

Note: Latest available standards and exchange rates were taken as of June 2011, when the photography was undertaken.

Understanding More

Thailand Human Development Report 2009

Thailand’s Official Poverty Lines

World Bank: Thailand Country Data

Country Practices in Collecting Poverty Statistics