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A sensitivity analysis of poverty definitions

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  • Nicholas T. Longford

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    (SNTL and Departament d’Economia i Empresa, Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

  • Catia Nicodemo

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    (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)

Abstract

We conduct a sensitivity analysis of several estimators related to household income, to explore how some details of the definitions of the variables concerned influence the values of the common estimates, such as the mean, median and (poverty) rates. The purpose of this study is to highlight that some of the operational definitions entail an element of arbitrariness which leaves an undesirable stamp on the inferences made. The analyses use both a cross-sectional and a longitudinal (panel) component of the EU-SILC database.

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Paper provided by Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona in its series Working Papers with number wpdea0908.

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Length: 46 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2009
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Handle: RePEc:uab:wprdea:wpdea0908

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Keywords: EU-SILC database; poverty rate; sampling weights;

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  1. Verme, Paolo, 2009. "Happiness, Deprivation and the Alter Ego," IRISS Working Paper Series 2009-18, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.

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