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Questioni valutative in relazione alla definizione di 'povertà' (The definition and measurement of poverty: some methodological issues)


  • Massimo Baldini



The paper illustrates some methodological problems that are present in the process that leads to the choice of a poverty indicator. This process can be divided into three main steps: the choice of the evaluation space; the definition of the poverty line; the adoption of a particular poverty index. For each of these stages, I discuss some normative issues and ambiguities that make the quantification of the number of the poor the final result of a series of decisions that are more complex and full of compromises than expected.

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  • Massimo Baldini, 2017. "Questioni valutative in relazione alla definizione di 'povertà' (The definition and measurement of poverty: some methodological issues)," Center for the Analysis of Public Policies (CAPP) 0158, Universita di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Dipartimento di Economia "Marco Biagi".
  • Handle: RePEc:mod:cappmo:0158

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    1. A.B. Atkinson & Anne-Catherine Guio & Eric Marlier, 2015. "Monitoring the evolution of income poverty and real incomes over time," CASE Papers /188, Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, LSE.
    2. Ravallion, Martin, 2016. "The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement, and Policy," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780190212773.
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    poverty; measurement; Italy;

    JEL classification:

    • I3 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty


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