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Multidimensional poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean New evidence from the Gallup World Poll

  • Leonardo Gasparini

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) - Facultad de Ciencias Económicas - Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

  • Walter Sosa Escudero

    (Universidad de San Andrés y Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) - Facultad de Ciencias Económicas - Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

  • Mariana Marchionni

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) - Facultad de Ciencias Económicas - Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

  • Sergio Olivieri

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS) - Facultad de Ciencias Económicas - Universidad Nacional de La Plata)

This paper studies poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean from a multidimensional perspective, exploiting the Gallup World Poll, a survey that provides a unique opportunity to perform intercountry comparisons. By applying factor analysis we find that welfare can be appropriately summarized by three dimensions: income, subjective welfare and “basic needs”. Another finding is that the US$ 1 line appears to be a reasonable cut-off value to measure food deprivation. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2013

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Paper provided by CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata in its series CEDLAS, Working Papers with number 0100.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2010
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Handle: RePEc:dls:wpaper:0100
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