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Robust Ordinal Comparisons of Multidimensional Poverty Between South Africa and Egypt


  • Sami Bibi
  • Abdel Rahmen El Lahga


It is common to argue that poverty is a multidimensional issue. Yet, few studies have included the various dimensions of deprivation to yield a broader and fuller picture of poverty. The present paper discusses the ethical foundations of the main approaches dealing with multidimensional poverty measures. An illustration of these measures to household data from Egypt and South Africa is proposed using complete and partial bidimensional poverty orderings. JEL classification: D31, D63, I32

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  • Sami Bibi & Abdel Rahmen El Lahga, 2008. "Robust Ordinal Comparisons of Multidimensional Poverty Between South Africa and Egypt," Revue d’économie du développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 16(5), pages 37-65.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:edddbu:edd_225_0037

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    1. Rolf Aaberge & Andrea Brandolini, 2014. "Multidimensional poverty and inequality," Discussion Papers 792, Statistics Norway, Research Department.

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    multidimensional poverty; robustness analysis; South Africa; Egypt;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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