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Measuring Multidimensional Aspiration Gaps: A Means to Understanding Cultural Aspects of Poverty

  • James Copestake
  • Laura Camfield

This article links primary research into the way subjective well-being among poor people can be defined and measured to the growing literature on poverty as a failure of capacity to aspire. Data from Bangladesh, Thailand and Peru are used to illustrate a measurement strategy based on defining well-being as a function of the gap between individuals' diverse and multiple aspirations, and their satisfaction with achieving them. Such analysis has the potential to illuminate variation in individual and local capacity to respond to different development opportunities. It also warns against the limitations of treating aspirations as a single rather than a multidimensional concept. Copyright (c) The Authors 2010. Journal compilation (c) 2010 Overseas Development Institute..

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Article provided by Overseas Development Institute in its journal Development Policy Review.

Volume (Year): 28 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 (09)
Pages: 617-633

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Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:28:y:2010:i:5:p:617-633
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