What is middle class?
According to organisations like the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it's someone who earns or spends $10 to $100 per day.Will the trend last? As the article says at the end, "The prize, which many will hope is in reach, is that global poverty is eliminated entirely within another couple of decades."
Read the entire article: The rise of the global middle class Be sure to read all the reader's comments - oftentimes more telling than the article itself.
More current pieces on the rise of the middle class: The Swelling Middle, How We Can Strengthen the World's Fragile Middle Class (requires free registration) and The "Fragile Middle"