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Indicators of poverty and social exclusion in a global context


  • Eric Marlier

    (CEPS|INSTEAD Research Institute (Luxembourg))

  • A. B. Atkinson

    (Nuffield College and the London School of Economics (United Kingdom))


The measurement of poverty and social exclusion is analytically and operationally relevant at all levels of policymaking. Here our focus is on national governments making policy in a global or multinational context such as the European Union (EU). In this process, social indicators are playing a growing role, and we need to stand back and examine their construction and use. In this paper, we argue on the basis of EU experience for a principle-based approach and explore the possible architecture of indicators of poverty and social exclusion in a multinational context. We consider the implementation of a set of indicators and their contribution to the policy process. © 2010 by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.

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  • Eric Marlier & A. B. Atkinson, 2010. "Indicators of poverty and social exclusion in a global context," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(2), pages 285-304.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:jpamgt:v:29:y:2010:i:2:p:285-304 DOI: 10.1002/pam.20492

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