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A Class of Poverty Indices

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  • Hagenaars, Aldi J M

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A review of a number of well-known poverty indices shows that two axiomatic requirements to a pover ty index are never satisfied simultaneously. The choice between these two axioms depends on the nature of the poverty line. A class of pov erty indices is developed as an application of the Dalton and Atkinso n inequality to poverty measurement. Almost all other poverty indices are seen to be a member of the class. The formulation of this class clarifies the basic problems involved in poverty measurement. Copyright 1987 by Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania and the Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association.

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  • Hagenaars, Aldi J M, 1987. "A Class of Poverty Indices," International Economic Review, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania and Osaka University Institute of Social and Economic Research Association, vol. 28(3), pages 583-607, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ier:iecrev:v:28:y:1987:i:3:p:583-607
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    1. Sami Bibi & Jean-Yves Duclos, 2007. "Poverty-decreasing indirect tax reforms: Evidence from Tunisia," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 14(2), pages 165-190, April.
    2. Sami Bibi, 2006. "Growth with Equity is Better for the Poor," Cahiers de recherche 0640, CIRPEE.
    3. Sami Bibi, 2005. "When is Economic Growth Pro-Poor? Evidence from Tunisia," Cahiers de recherche 0522, CIRPEE.
    4. Duclos, Jean-Yves & Gregoire, Philippe, 2002. "Absolute and Relative Deprivation and the Measurement of Poverty," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 48(4), pages 471-492, December.
    5. Delia Davila Quintana & Santiago Rodriguez Feijoó & Alejandro Rodriguez Caro & Vanessa del Pino González García, 2005. "Measuring Poverty In An Ultraperipheral Region - The Case Of The Canary Islands," ERSA conference papers ersa05p667, European Regional Science Association.
    6. ALi Abdel Gadir Ali, "undated". "Poverty in the Arab Region: A Selective Review," API-Working Paper Series 0402, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    7. Buhong Zheng, 2007. "Unit-Consistent Poverty Indices," Economic Theory, Springer;Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (SAET), vol. 31(1), pages 113-142, April.
    8. Ali Abdel Gadir Ali, "undated". "Can the Sudan Reduce Poverty by Half by the Year 2015?," API-Working Paper Series 0304, Arab Planning Institute - Kuwait, Information Center.
    9. Lanjouw, Peter & Milanovic, Branko & Paternostro, Stefano, 1998. "Poverty and the economic transition : how do changes in economies of scale affect poverty rates for different households?," Policy Research Working Paper Series 2009, The World Bank.

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