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Vulnerability and poverty measurement issues for public policy

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  • Duclos, Jean-Ives

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The paper presents the main approaches, and tools to measuring poverty, and vulnerability. This involves among other things, the important issues of the setting of poverty lines, of the statistical use of surveys, of the empirical measurement of living standards, and of making poverty comparisons. The computation of aggregate poverty indices, and the use of poverty dominance testing are also described. Throughout, implications for the understanding of the effects of public policy are highlighted, in particular, those related to the design of safety nets.

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  • Duclos, Jean-Ives, 2002. "Vulnerability and poverty measurement issues for public policy," Social Protection and Labor Policy and Technical Notes 25534, The World Bank.
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    1. Donaldson, David & Weymark, John A., 1980. "A single-parameter generalization of the Gini indices of inequality," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 22(1), pages 67-86, February.
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    1. Bigsten, Arne & Shimeles, Abebe, 2004. "Dynamics of Poverty in Ethiopia," WIDER Working Paper Series 039, World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER).
    2. Gunewardena, Dileni, 2004. "Improving poverty measurement in Sri Lanka," MPRA Paper 7695, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised May 2005.
    3. Witt, Rudolf & Pemsl, Diemuth E. & Waibel, Hermann, 2008. "Small-scale inland fisheries in Africa: How to collect data for poverty assessment?," Proceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Zurich 2008 33, Verein für Socialpolitik, Research Committee Development Economics.

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