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Measuring poverty accounting for time

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  • Carlos Gradín

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    (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Coral del Río

    (Universidade de Vigo)

  • Olga Cantó

    (Instituto de Estudios Fiscales and Universidade de Vigo)

Abstract

In this paper we make a methodological proposal to measure poverty accounting for time by proposing a new index that aims at reconciling the way poverty is measured in a static and a dynamic framework. Our index is able to consider the duration of the poverty spell and the social preference for equality in well-being given that, in contrast with others that have been previously proposed, it is sensitive to the level of inequality between individual complete poverty experiences over time. Moreover, other indices in the literature can be interpreted as special cases of our more general measure.

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Paper provided by ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality in its series Working Papers with number 169.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Handle: RePEc:inq:inqwps:ecineq2010-169

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Keywords: intertemporal poverty; duration; equality; poverty measurement;

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  1. Jantti, Markus & Jenkins, Stephen P., 2013. "Income mobility," ISER Working Paper Series 2013-23, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  2. Giovanni Marano & Gianni Betti & Francesca Gagliardi, 2014. "Latent class Markov models for addressing measurement problems in poverty dynamics," Department of Economics University of Siena 695, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
  3. Walter Bossert & Lidia Ceriani & Satya R. Chakravarty & Conchita D'Ambrosio, 2012. "Intertemporal Material Deprivation," Cahiers de recherche 07-2012, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  4. Maria Emma Santos, 2012. "Measuring Chronic Poverty," OPHI Working Papers ophiwp052, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
  5. Aaron Nicholas & Ranjan Ray & Kompal Sinha, 2013. "Duration and Multidimensionality in Poverty Measurement," Economics Series 2013_9, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.
  6. Catherine Porter and Natalie Nairi Quinn, 2012. "Normative Choices and Tradeoffs when Measuring Poverty over Time," OPHI Working Papers ophiwp056, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.
  7. Aaron Nicholas & Ranjan Ray, 2012. "Duration and Persistence in Multidimensional Deprivation: Methodology and Australian Application," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 88(280), pages 106-126, 03.

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