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Prioritarian poverty comparisons with cardinal and ordinal attributes


  • Kristof BOSMANS
  • Erwin OOGHE


The ethical view of prioritarianism holds the following: if an extra bundle of attributes is to be allocated to either of two individuals, then priority should be given to the worse off among the two. We consider multidimensional poverty comparisons with cardinal and ordinal attributes and propose three axioms that operationalize the prioritarian view. Each priority axiom, in combination with a handful of standard properties, characterizes a class of poverty measures. We provide an empirical application to European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions data. For this application, we develop a unanimity criterion within the setting of a single cardinal attribute (income) augmented by several binary ordinal attributes.

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  • Kristof BOSMANS & Luc LAUWERS & Erwin OOGHE, 2013. "Prioritarian poverty comparisons with cardinal and ordinal attributes," Working Papers Department of Economics ces13.10, KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Business, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ete:ceswps:ces13.10

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    1. Koen Decancq & Marc Fleurbaey & Francois Maniquet, 2014. "Multidimensional poverty measurement with individual preferences," Working Papers 058-2014, Princeton University, Department of Economics, Econometric Research Program..
    2. Rolf Aaberge & Andrea Brandolini, 2014. "Multidimensional poverty and inequality," Discussion Papers 792, Statistics Norway, Research Department.
    3. Danilo Cavapozzi & Wei Han & Raffaele Miniaci, 2015. "Alternative weighting structures for multidimensional poverty assessment," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 13(3), pages 425-447, September.
    4. Shatakshee Dhongde & Yi Li & Prasanta K. Pattanaik & Yongsheng Xu, 2016. "Binary data, hierarchy of attributes, and multidimensional deprivation," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 14(4), pages 363-378, December.

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