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The Definition and Measurement of Poverty

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  • Aldi Hagenaars
  • Klaas de Vos

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Both poverty research and social policy employ a variety of poverty definitions. The choice of one specific definition has major consequences for the resulting poverty population. This paper uses eight different definitions of poverty to determine who is poor, using a 1983 Dutch sample of more than 12,000 households. Poverty according to each of these definitions is compared over different subgroups. The relevance of the choice between definitions for social policy is shown by the presentation of poverty percentages according to the various definitions, which vary widely.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 23 (1988)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 211-221

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:23:y:1988:i:2:p:211-221

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  1. Sarfraz K. Qureshi & G. M. Arif, 2001. "Profile of Poverty in Pakistan, 1998-99," MIMAP Technical Paper Series 2001:05, Pakistan Institute of Development Economics.
  2. Anand, Paul & Lea, Stephen, 2011. "The psychology and behavioural economics of poverty," Journal of Economic Psychology, Elsevier, vol. 32(2), pages 284-293, March.
  3. Berthold, Norbert & Brunner, Alexander, 2007. "Gibt es ein europäisches Sozialmodell?," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 100, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.
  4. Carlos C. Bautista, 2010. "Subjective poverty thresholds in the Philippines," Philippine Review of Economics, University of the Philippines School of Economics and Philippine Economic Society, vol. 47(1), pages 147-155, June.
  5. Teguh Dartanto, 2011. "A Theoretical and Empirical Investigation of the Application of an Endogenous Poverty Line and Its Relationship with the Poverty Impact of Policy Reforms," Working Papers in Economics and Business 201101, Faculty of Economics, University of Indonesia, revised Nov 2011.
  6. Franz F. Eiffe & Karin Heitzmann, 2006. "Armut im Kontext reicher Staaten: zur wissenschaftlichen Operationalisierung eines normativen Begriffs," Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung / Quarterly Journal of Economic Research, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research, vol. 75(1), pages 43-57.
  7. G. M., Arif & Ahmad, Munir, 2001. "Poverty across the agro- ecological zones in rural Pakistan," MPRA Paper 37681, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  8. Tomáš Želinský, 2010. "Analysis of Poverty in Slovakia Based on the Concept of Relative Deprivation," Politická ekonomie, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2010(4), pages 542-565.
  9. Berthold, Norbert & Brunner, Alexander, 2011. "Armut - was ist das?," Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Beiträge 112, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Volkswirtschaftslehre, insbes. Wirtschaftsordnung und Sozialpolitik.
  10. Dartanto, Teguh & Otsubo, Shigeru, 2013. "Measurements and Determinants of Multifaceted Poverty:Absolute, Relative, and Subjective Poverty in Indonesia," Working Papers 54, JICA Research Institute.
  11. Alexandre Gori-Maia, 2013. "Relative Income, Inequality and Subjective Wellbeing: Evidence for Brazil," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 113(3), pages 1193-1204, September.

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