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New perspectives on a more-or-less familiar poverty index, with extensions

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  • Kristof Bosmans

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Lucio Esposito

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    (Università degli Studi di Pavia)

  • Peter Lambert

    ()
    (University of Oregon)

Abstract

A particular scale-invariant index of poverty is subjected to careful analysis. This leads to a new perspective, not seen before, on the family of subgroup-consistent and scale-invariant poverty indices. Parametric families of new poverty indices are presented which offer the analyst a degree of flexibility in the choice of transfer sensitivity and distribution sensitivity which has not been available before now.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 116.

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Length: 13 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2009-116

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Keywords: Poverty measurement; Distributional properties.;

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