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Hasse Diagrams, Poset Theory and Fuzzy Poverty Measures


  • Marco Fattore

    () (Department of Statistics, University of Milano)


It is generally agreed that poverty cannot be faithfully represented by a single monetary measure. Poverty involves many different aspects of life, and people can be poor in different ways, to different degrees and from several points of view. For this reason, fuzzy multidimensional indicators have been proposed to measure material deprivation. However, the statistical procedures used to build such indicators do not seem to be fully consistent. In this paper we show how partially ordered set theory can help overcome such consistency problems, providing a sound basis for a multidimensional and fuzzy analysis of poverty. In particular, we propose new criteria for defining fuzzy poverty membership functions and give a fuzzy generalization of the notion of quantile, which may prove useful when analyzing and comparing poverty data.

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  • Marco Fattore, 2008. "Hasse Diagrams, Poset Theory and Fuzzy Poverty Measures," Rivista Internazionale di Scienze Sociali, Vita e Pensiero, Pubblicazioni dell'Universita' Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, vol. 116(1), pages 63-75.
  • Handle: RePEc:vep:journl:y:2008:v:116:i:1:p:63-75

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    1. Rainer Bruggemann & Lars Carlsen, 2015. "Incomparable: what now II? Absorption of incomparabilities by a cluster method," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 49(4), pages 1633-1645, July.
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    Multidimensional poverty measurement; Fuzzy approach; Partially ordered sets;

    JEL classification:

    • C10 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - General
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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