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Poverty and Inequality in the Non-income Multidimensional Space: a Critical Review in the Arab States

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  • Abdel-Hameed Nawar

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    (Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University)

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    This paper examines the substantive pros and cons of the multidimensional poverty index (MPI) recently developed by Oxford University?s Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI). It provides comparative cross-country and country-specific discussion on multidimensional poverty and inequality in the non-income space, with a special reference to the countries in the Arab region. Despite the large degree of subjectivity in selecting the dimensions and the cut-off threshold (k=3) determining the minimum number of dimensions required to identify whether or not a household is multidimensionally poor, the MPI has an important advantage of capturing more dimensions of human deprivations and includes both the level of human deprivation and a measure of the intensity of poverty using micro survey data. (?)

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    Paper provided by International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in its series Working Papers with number 103.

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    Date of creation: Mar 2013
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    Publication status: Published by UNDP - International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth , March 2013, pages 1-24
    Handle: RePEc:ipc:wpaper:103

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