This paper is a first attempt at putting the case that people living in remote rural areas (RRAs) account for a substantial proportion of the chronically poor. The evidence for this will be gathered from country studies, longitudinal quantitative and qualitative micro-level studies, and the growing volume of work on spatial poverty traps. It is a substantial research exercise to identify where the chronically poor are, who they are, and why they are chronically poor. This paper will be able only to make an initial informed guess at the scale of chronic poverty in RRAs.
Bird, K.; Hulme, D.; Moore, K.; Shepherd, A. Chronic Poverty and Remote Rural Areas, CPRC Working Paper No. 13. (2002) ISBN 1-904049-12-5