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Statistical inference for poverty indices with fixed poverty lines


  • Ian Rongve


The consistency and asymptotic normality of estimators for two classes of poverty indices, decomposable indices, and Sen-like indices is demonstrated. Asymptotic variance expressions are obtained that allow for easy distribution-free statistical inference on the resulting estimates. An empirical example using Canadian microdata demonstrates the feasibility and usefulness of the techniques.

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  • Ian Rongve, 1997. "Statistical inference for poverty indices with fixed poverty lines," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(3), pages 387-392.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:29:y:1997:i:3:p:387-392
    DOI: 10.1080/000368497327173

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    1. Buhong Zheng, 2004. "Poverty comparisons with dependent samples," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 19(3), pages 419-428.
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    3. Russell Davidson, 2006. "Stochastic Dominance," Departmental Working Papers 2006-19, McGill University, Department of Economics.
    4. Kuan Xu & Lars Osberg, 2002. "The social welfare implications, decomposability, and geometry of the Sen family of poverty indices," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 35(1), pages 138-152, February.
    5. Lars Osberg & Kuan Xu, 1999. "Poverty Intensity: How Well Do Canadian Provinces Compare?," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 25(2), pages 179-195, June.
    6. Russell Davidson & Jean-Yves Duclos, 2000. "Statistical Inference for Stochastic Dominance and for the Measurement of Poverty and Inequality," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 68(6), pages 1435-1464, November.
    7. Georges Heinrich, 1998. "Changing Times, Testing Times: A Bootstrap Analysis of Poverty and Inequality using the PACO Database," CERT Discussion Papers 9802, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
    8. Osberg, Lars, 2002. "Trends in poverty: the UK in international perspective: how rates mislead and intensity matters," ISER Working Paper Series 2002-10, Institute for Social and Economic Research.
    9. Osberg, L. & Xu, K., 1998. "Poverty Intensity- How Well Does Canada Compare? ," Department of Economics at Dalhousie University working papers archive 98-05, Dalhousie, Department of Economics.

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