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Poverty and Permanent Income : A Methodology for Cross-Section Data

  • Ramses H. ABUL NAGA
  • Enrico BOLZANI

If the set of households which are income poor does not fully overlap with the set of the consumption poor, it could well be that income and consumption expenditure convey different information regarding an unobserved variable on the basis of which families allocate their resources intertemporally. This paper presents a methodology for predicting the unobserved permanent incomes of households using multiple welfare indicators typically available in cross-section data. The methods are illustrated using data from the Swiss Consumption Survey of 1990.

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Paper provided by Université de Lausanne, Faculté des HEC, DEEP in its series Cahiers de Recherches Economiques du Département d'Econométrie et d'Economie politique (DEEP) with number 00.26.

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Length: 41 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2000
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Publication status: Forthcoming in Multidimensional Approaches to Poverty Measurement : Theory and Applications, Deutsch, J. and Silber, J. (eds), Edward Elgar, London
Handle: RePEc:lau:crdeep:00.26
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