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Multidimensional Poverty Rankings based on Pareto Principle: A Practical Extension


  • Maki Michinaka
  • Takahiro Ito


This paper proposes a ranking method of multidimensional poverty and extends it aiming to enhance its practical utility. While our original ranking method that assumes non-comparability among different dimensions of poverty succeeds in eliminating some implicit arbitrariness in existing ranking, it also confronts a disadvantage that a non- negligible number of objectives (countries) are ranked at the same level. In order to improve this disadvantage, we propose an extended ranking method, where we allow the data to have a certain range of bandwidth. The introduction of bandwidth improves the usefulness of our ranking in the sense that it decreases the number of countries with the same rank. In addition, a simulation exercise shows that this extension also improves the robustness of the ranking against measurement errors.

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  • Maki Michinaka & Takahiro Ito, 2010. "Multidimensional Poverty Rankings based on Pareto Principle: A Practical Extension," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd10-139, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hst:ghsdps:gd10-139

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    1. Dasgupta, Partha & Weale, Martin, 1992. "On measuring the quality of life," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 20(1), pages 119-131, January.
    2. Krishnakumar, Jaya & Ballon, Paola, 2008. "Estimating Basic Capabilities: A Structural Equation Model Applied to Bolivia," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 36(6), pages 992-1010, June.
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    1. Maki Michinaka, 2011. "Human Development Rankings Based on the Pareto Dominance: Illustrations Using Cross-country Panel Data 1980-2007," Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series gd11-188, Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University.

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