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The Definition and Measurement of Poverty

  • Aldi Hagenaars
  • Klaas de Vos

Both poverty research and social policy employ a variety of poverty definitions. The choice of one specific definition has major consequences for the resulting poverty population. This paper uses eight different definitions of poverty to determine who is poor, using a 1983 Dutch sample of more than 12,000 households. Poverty according to each of these definitions is compared over different subgroups. The relevance of the choice between definitions for social policy is shown by the presentation of poverty percentages according to the various definitions, which vary widely.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 23 (1988)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 211-221

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:23:y:1988:i:2:p:211-221
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