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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. Markus Jantti & Stephen P. Jenkins, 2014. "Income Mobility," Working Papers, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality 319, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. Aaron Nicholas & Ranjan Ray, 2011. "Duration and Persistence in Multidimensional Deprivation: Methodology and Australian Application," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series, Monash University, Department of Economics 10-11, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  3. Walter Bossert & Lidia Ceriani & Satya R. Chakravarty & Conchita D'Ambrosio, 2012. "Intertemporal Material Deprivation," Cahiers de recherche, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ 07-2012, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  4. Giovanni Marano & Gianni Betti & Francesca Gagliardi, 2014. "Latent class Markov models for addressing measurement problems in poverty dynamics," Department of Economics University of Siena, Department of Economics, University of Siena 695, Department of Economics, University of Siena.
  5. Aaron Nicholas & Ranjan Ray & Kompal Sinha, 2013. "A Dynamic Multidimensional Measure of Poverty," Development Research Unit Working Paper Series, Monash University, Department of Economics 25-13, Monash University, Department of Economics.
  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. Jantti, Markus & Jenkins, Stephen P., 2013. "Income mobility," ISER Working Paper Series 2013-23, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
  8. Maria Emma Santos, 2012. "Measuring Chronic Poverty," OPHI Working Papers ophiwp052, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

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