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Poverty Measurement under Income and Price Dispersions

Christophe Muller ()
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Christophe Muller: Aix-Marseille Univ, CNRS, AMSE, Marseille, France.,

No 2204, AMSE Working Papers from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, France

Abstract: This chapter discusses facts, methods and empirical results that pertain to poverty measurement under income and price dispersions. The correlation of prices and living standards is examined, and its origins are considered, in terms of whether such origins are related to consumer preferences, economic interactions and market imperfections. Then, the relationship of price dispersion and aggregate social indicators - including poverty measures - is analysed by combining stochastic hypotheses about prices and incomes with normative properties of social and poverty indicators. Finally, empirical results about how dispersed heterogeneous price indices affect poverty measurement, anti-poverty targeting and poverty-alleviation price reforms are reviewed.

Keywords: poverty; prices; living standards; price dispersion; poverty alleviation; price indices (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C83 D43 E31 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2022-03
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