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La poverta': una rassegna sul confronto tra due approcci. Capability vs. Unidimensionalita'



The aim of this paper is to reviews two approaches to the definition and measurement of poverty: the monetary and the capability approach. The paper deal with some methodological issues related to one-dimensional and multidimensional analysis of poverty and try to to analysing them following the same scheme and answering the same questions for both approach. It points out the theoretical underpinnings of the various measures, and problems of operazionalising them and above all it tries to make an arrangement of the literature. We will start by discussing the origins of monetary approach following some common problem that arises when we try to survey all the approach to poverty measurement then we try to classify the most indices of poverty measurement: At the same time among the multidimensional approach the paper will review the Amartya Sen one’s. Despite the capabality approach is widely recognised as one of the more satisfying and complete multidimensional approach there are few empirical applictions. After a brief description of the capability approach, the paper try to classify all the applications made in this field. Some questions arises for further works: all the paper on capability approach focus the attention on functioning rather than capability, and they are implementing above all for (paesi in via di sviluppo). It's seems interesting try to assess some capabilities in industrialized country using ECHP data.

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  • Lavinia Parisi, 2004. "La poverta': una rassegna sul confronto tra due approcci. Capability vs. Unidimensionalita'," CELPE Discussion Papers 87, CELPE - Centre of Labour Economics and Economic Policy, University of Salerno, Italy.
  • Handle: RePEc:sal:celpdp:87

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    1. Gabriella Vindigni & Luri Peri & Paolo Prosperi, 2011. "Problematiche aperte nell’analisi della povertà: questioni di misura e progressi nel raggiungimento degli Obiettivi del Millennio," Post-Print hal-01190051, HAL.

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    Approccio monetario; Approccio di Sen; Basic-Capability; Definizione di Povertà; Funzionamenti; Indici di povertà; Soglie di povertà; Unità d’analisi; Unidimensionalità; Multidimensionalità;

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


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