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Deprivation and the Dimnensionality of Welfare: A Variable-Selection Cluster-Analysis Approach

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  • Germán Caruso

    (Universidad de San Andrés)

  • Walter Sosa-Escudero

    (Universidad de San Andrés)

  • Marcela Svarc

    (Universidad de San Andrés)

Abstract

In this paper we tackle the problems of dimensionality of welfare and that of identifying the multidimensionally poor by first finding the poor using the original space of attributes, and then reducing the welfare space. The starting point is the notion that the ‘poor’ constitutes a group of individuals that are essentially different from the ‘non-poor’ in a truly multidimensional framwework. Once this group has been identified, we propose reducing the dimension of the original welfare space by solving the problem of finding the smallest set of attributes that can reproduce as accurately as possible the ‘poor/non-poor’ classification in the first stage.

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  • Germán Caruso & Walter Sosa-Escudero & Marcela Svarc, 2011. "Deprivation and the Dimnensionality of Welfare: A Variable-Selection Cluster-Analysis Approach," CEDLAS, Working Papers 0112, CEDLAS, Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
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    1. Caruso, Germán & Scartascini, Carlos & Tommasi, Mariano, 2015. "Are we all playing the same game? The economic effects of constitutions depend on the degree of institutionalization," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 38(C), pages 212-228.
    2. Rolf Aaberge & Andrea Brandolini, 2014. "Multidimensional poverty and inequality," Discussion Papers 792, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
    3. Mariano Tommasi & Germán Caruso & Carlos Scartascini, 2014. "Are We Playing the Same Game? The Economic Effects of Constitutions Depend on the Degree of Institutionalization," Working Papers 116, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Dec 2014.
    4. Sebastián J. Miller & Germán Caruso, 2014. "Quake'n and Shake'n...Forever! Long-Run Effects of Natural Disasters: A Case Study on the 1970 Ancash Earthquake," IDB Publications (Working Papers) 86774, Inter-American Development Bank.

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    Keywords

    Multidimensional welfare; poverty; factory analysis; clusters;

    JEL classification:

    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
    • C49 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Other

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