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A Re-scaled Version of the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke Poverty Indices based on an Association with the Minkowski Distance Function

  • Subramanian, S.
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    This note advances a family of poverty measures, ??, which are derived as simple, normalized Minkowski distance functions. The ?? indices turn out to be the ?th roots of the corresponding Foster, Greer and Thorbecke P? indices. The re-calibration of P? terms of ?? could have certain possible advantages, which are reviewed in the note. While the ?? indices are not decomposable in the ordinarily understood sense of that term, they are amenable to the completely general decomposition procedure advanced by Shorrocks (?Decomposition Procedures for Distributional Analysis: A Unified Framework Based on the Shapley Value?) and discussed, here, as an application in the poverty context.

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    Paper provided by World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER) in its series Working Paper Series with number UNU-WIDER Research Paper RP2004/10.

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    Length: 10 pages
    Date of creation: 2004
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    Handle: RePEc:unu:wpaper:rp2004-10
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    1. Chakravarty, Satya Ranjan & Dutta, Bhaskar, 1987. "A note on measures of distance between imcome distributions," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 41(1), pages 185-188, February.
    2. Foster, James & Greer, Joel & Thorbecke, Erik, 1984. "A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 52(3), pages 761-66, May.
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