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Defining and Measuring (Extreme) Poverty

  • Paul Makdissi

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    (Département d'économique, Université de Sherbrooke)

  • Quentin Wodon

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    (AFTPM, World Bank)

An axiomatic approach is used to propose a measure of extreme poverty which is not only multidimensional in nature, but also recognizes the fact that there are interaction effects between different deprivations, and that the length of time during which deprivations are felt may also have a negative impact on household well-being. The proposed definition of extreme poverty formalizes an approach developed by Joseph Wresinski, the founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.

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Paper provided by Departement d'Economique de la Faculte d'administration à l'Universite de Sherbrooke in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 04-05.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 2001
Date of revision: 2004
Handle: RePEc:shr:wpaper:04-05
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