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A New Model for Constructing Poverty Lines

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  • Kakwani, Nanak
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    In this paper, we present a new model for constructing poverty lines. The model uses consumer theory to construct both food and nonfood poverty thresholds. Although one cannot completely eliminate the value judgments inherent in the construction of poverty thresholds, this model helps to make the ad hoc assumptions that are generally made more justifiable. The model ensures that poverty line is consistent across regions. The methodology developed in the paper is used to illustrate the construction of poverty thresholds in Pakistan.

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    Paper provided by Philippine Institute for Development Studies in its series Discussion Papers with number DP 2010-06.

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    Length: 24
    Date of creation: 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:phd:dpaper:dp_2010-06

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    Keywords: economies of scale; poverty measures; poverty line; consistent poverty line; consumer theory; calorie cost;

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    1. Angus Deaton & Salman Zaidi, 1999. "Guidelines for Constructing Consumption Aggregates For Welfare Analysis," Working Papers 217, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Research Program in Development Studies..
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    1. A New Model for Constructing Poverty Lines
      by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2010-10-11 13:35:13

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