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Bridging the gap between the measurement of poverty and of deprivation

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  • Vani Borooah

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One way of measuring the deprivation or poverty of persons is to use money based measures: a person is regarded as 'poor' if his/her income (or expenditure) falls below a poverty line value. Such an approach-usually termed 'poverty analysis'-has spawned a large literature embodying several sophisticated measures of poverty. The downside to this is that low income or expenditure may not be very good indicators of deprivation. Another way, usually termed 'deprivation analysis', is to define an index whose value, for each person, is the number (or proportion) of items, from a prescribed list, that he/she possesses: persons are then regarded as 'deprived' if their index value is below some threshold value. This offers an alternative method of identifying deprived persons. The downside of deprivation analysis is that it measures deprivation exclusively in terms of the proportion of deprived persons in the total number of persons. The purpose of this paper is to bridge the gap between poverty and deprivation analysis by constructing a wider set of deprivation measures and showing, with data for Northern Ireland, how they might be applied.

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  • Vani Borooah, 2008. "Bridging the gap between the measurement of poverty and of deprivation," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(3), pages 349-356.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:40:y:2008:i:3:p:349-356
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840500426926
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    1. Nolan, Brian & Whelan, Christopher T., 1996. "Resources, Deprivation, and Poverty," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780198287858.
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    1. Seong-Hoon Cho & Suhyun Jung & Roland K. Roberts & Seung Gyu Kim, 2012. "Interrelationship between poverty and the wildland--urban interface in metropolitan areas of the Southern US," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(11), pages 1405-1416, April.

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