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On Measuring Poverty

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This paper investigates the properties of various measures of poverty and of the “difficulty of alleviation of poverty”. It is found that the ranking properties of both kinds of indices can be quite counter‐intuitive and that they could be misleading if used for policy evaluation. An alternative index is proposed; it is compared to the other indices and seems to fare rather well. To illustrate, a special reference is made to S. Anand's recent article on poverty in Malaysia.

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  • Dominique Thon, 1979. "On Measuring Poverty," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 25(4), pages 429-439, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:revinw:v:25:y:1979:i:4:p:429-439
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4991.1979.tb00117.x
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    1. Olga Komorowska & Arkadiusz Kozłowski & Teresa Słaby, 2019. "Comparative Analysis Of Poverty In Families With A Disabled Child And Families With Non-Disabled Children In Poland In The Years 2014 And 2016," Statistics in Transition New Series, Polish Statistical Association, vol. 20(3), pages 97-117, September.
    2. Seth,Suman & Yalonetzky,Gaston, 2020. "Assessing Deprivation with an Ordinal Variable : Theory and Application to Sanitation Deprivation in Bangladesh," Policy Research Working Paper Series 9120, The World Bank.
    3. Lipton, Michael & Ravallion, Martin, 1995. "Poverty and policy," Handbook of Development Economics, in: Hollis Chenery & T.N. Srinivasan (ed.), Handbook of Development Economics, edition 1, volume 3, chapter 41, pages 2551-2657, Elsevier.
    4. J. Rodgers, 1991. "Does the choice of poverty index matter in practice?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 24(3), pages 233-252, May.
    5. Suman Seth and Gaston Yalonetzky, 2018. "Assessing Deprivation with Ordinal Variables: Depth Sensitivity and Poverty Aversion," OPHI Working Papers ophiwp123.pdf, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford.

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