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New weighting scheme for the dimensions in multidimensional poverty indices

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    By now, there is a wide range of methods to construct multidimensional well-being indices, differing in the way they transform, aggregate and weight the relevant dimensions. This paper uses a fuzzy theory approach to propose a new weighting scheme for the dimensions. These weights play a crucial role in determining the trade-offs between the dimensions.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

    Volume (Year): 116 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 3 ()
    Pages: 304-307

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:3:p:304-307

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    Keywords: Fuzzy sets; Membership function; Poverty; Weights;

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