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Three Contributions From Longitudinal Data to The Analysis of Poverty. Part 3: Absolute and Relative Poverty: Some Elements of Study and an Attempt at Quantification


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  • Stéfan Lollivier


  • Daniel Verger


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    Although most poverty approaches come within the realm of absolute measurements or relative measurements, there have been a few recent endeavours to define mixed measurements. In an attempt to use the income elasticity of the poverty line concept defined by Gordon Fisher, Foster has developed a poverty line defined as the geometric mean of an absolute threshold and a relative threshold, with an elasticity to be defined between 0 and 1. The estimation made using French data on the late 1990s obtains a value close to 1 (higher than similar estimates for the United States), but significantly below this value: the spontaneous representations are therefore more in line with the relative concepts used for the statistical measurement of the phenomenon than with the alternative absolute approach, but only give rise to partial indexing since the norms only gradually and selectively confirm the lifestyle changes.

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    Article provided by Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques in its journal Economie et Statistique.

    Volume (Year): 383-384-385 (2005)
    Issue (Month): (December)
    Pages: 275-282

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    Handle: RePEc:crs:ecosta:es383-384-385n

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    Keywords: Panel Data; Poverty; France;

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