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Conflicting Measures of Poverty and Inadequate Saving by the Poor

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  • Marjit, Sugata

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In the presence of inequality a status-driven utility function reconciles the conflict between income-based and nutrition-based measures of poverty. Moreover, it can explain why the poor tend to save less, an established empirical fact in the developing c

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Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper WP2012/58.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:wp2012-58

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Keywords: inequality; inter-temporal consumer choice; utility; poverty;

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