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Standardized poverty measurement

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  • Robert E. Wright

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Outlines a method for controlling for compositional factors in the measurement of poverty. Bases the method on “shift-share analysis” and “direct standardization”, consistent with Sen’s (1976) influential axiomatic approach to poverty measurement. Employs the popular poverty index proposed by Foster et al. (1984), which is one of the few summary poverty measures that can be directly standardized and also meets Sen’s criteria. The method is illustrated by examining the trend in absolute and relative poverty in the UK. Uses data from the “Family Expenditure Survey”, covering the period 1968 to 1986, and places specific empirical focus on the relationship between household structure and poverty.

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Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Journal of Economic Studies.

Volume (Year): 23 (1996)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 3-17

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Handle: RePEc:eme:jespps:v:23:y:1996:i:4:p:3-17

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Keywords: Measurement; Poverty; Standardization; United Kingdom;

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