On intertemporal poverty measures: the role of affluence and want
Laurence Roope () and
Social Choice and Welfare, 2013, vol. 41, issue 4, 762 pages
This paper proposes classes of intertemporal poverty measures which take into account both the debilitating impact of prolonged spells in poverty and the mitigating effect of periods of affluence on subsequent poverty. The weight assigned to the level of poverty in each time period depends on the length of the preceding spell of poverty or of non-poverty. The proposed classes of intertemporal poverty measures are quite general and allow for a range of possible judgements as to the overall impact on a poor period of preceding spells of poverty or affluence. We discuss the properties of the proposed classes of measures and axiomatically characterize these measures. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
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