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Equivalence Scales and Housing Deprivation Orderings: An Example Using Lebanese Data

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  • Sami Bibi

    () (CIRPÉE, Pavillon DeSève, Université Laval, Québec, Canada)

  • Paul Makdissi

    () (Department of Economics, University of Ottawa)

  • Myra Yazbeck

    () (Département d’économique and CIRPÉE, Pavillon DeSève, Université Laval, Québec, Canada,)

Abstract

Housing deprivation orderings raise challenges as far as measurement is concerned. The first challengeresides in the identification of an adequate variable that characterizes housing services consumed byhouseholds. Another challenge may arise in the comparisons of housing services consumption betweenhouseholds of different sizes and composition. The last challenge may arise in the choice of a deprivationline and of a deprivation index. In this paper we address theoretically those challenges. An empirical illustration is offered using Lebanese data.

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  • Sami Bibi & Paul Makdissi & Myra Yazbeck, 2009. "Equivalence Scales and Housing Deprivation Orderings: An Example Using Lebanese Data," Working Papers 0910E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ott:wpaper:0910e
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    Keywords

    Housing; Deprivation; Stochastic dominance; Equivalence scales; Lebanon;

    JEL classification:

    • I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
    • I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty

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