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(Re)Counting the Poor in Peru: A Multidimensional Approach

Juan Castro (), Jessica Baca and Juan P. Ocampo

Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, 2012, vol. 49, issue 1, 37-65

Abstract: Peruvian monetary poverty declined by 12 percentage points in only four years. Based on the Alkire-Foster multidimensional headcount, we build a simple comparative framework to measure the tension between this result and a broader indicator of deprivation. We select six dimensions and apply this framework to Peruvian data for 2004 and 2008. The results indicate that if we rely only on monetary standards, there is an increased risk of classifying as non-poor individuals who still suffer significant deprivation. Deprivations are similar across regions and are largely related to the lack of adequate water and sanitation services. This last result reveals an opportunity to focalize public investment efforts.

Keywords: Multidimensional poverty; monetary poverty; Peru (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I32 O1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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