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Robust Multiperiod Poverty Comparisons

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  • Johannes Gräb
  • Michael Grimm

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We propose a new methodology for comparing poverty over multiple periods across time and space that does not arbitrarily aggregate income over various years or rely on arbitrarily specified poverty lines or poverty indices. Following Duclos et al. (2006a), we use the multivariate stochastic dominance methodology to create dominance surfaces for different time spans. We elaborate the method first for the bidimensional case, using as dimensions income observed over two periods: one at the beginning and one at the end of a time span. Subsequently, we extend it to the case where incomes are observed over n-periods. We illustrate our approach by performing poverty comparisons using data for Indonesia and Peru.

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Paper provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its series Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin with number 725.

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Length: 23 p.
Date of creation: 2007
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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwwpp:dp725

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Keywords: Multiperiod Poverty; Poverty Dominance; Poverty Dynamics; Chronic Poverty;

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Cited by:
  1. Michael Hoy & Buhong Zheng, 2008. "Measuring Lifetime Poverty," Working Papers 0814, University of Guelph, Department of Economics and Finance.
  2. Arndt, Channing & Distante, Roberta & Hussain, M. Azhar & Osterdal, Lars Peter & Huong, Pham Lan, 2012. "Ordinal Welfare Comparisons with Multiple Discrete Indicators:A First Order Dominance Approach and Application to Child Poverty," Working Paper Series UNU-WIDER Research Paper , World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
  3. Gürbüz, Burak & Raffinot, Marc, 2011. "Croissance et répartition des revenus en Turquie (1994-2005) : quel impact sur la pauvreté ?," Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine 123456789/10607, Paris Dauphine University.

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