EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Challenges in designing national multidimensional poverty measures

María Emma Santos

No 100, Estudios Estadísticos from Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL)

Abstract: Countries are increasingly interested in having an official multidimensional poverty index (MPI). This is the expression of a growing consensus regarding the limitations of income poverty measures as standalone indicator. This paper analyses the challenges in designing such indices. Specifically, it addresses the selection of the unit of identification, the selection of dimensions and indicators, including the issue of missing values and the debate on whether to include an indicator of monetary deprivation or not, the weighting structure and the poverty cutoff. In general, for all the reviewed items, the bottom line is that there is no canonical procedure for making these choices. It is essential to critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of each option and the conceptual implications entailed, as well as to complete a careful empirical analysis, via robustness, sensitivity and bias checks, of the implications of the decisions taken.

Keywords: POBREZA; MEDICION; INGRESOS; INDICADORES DEL DESARROLLO; METODOLOGIA ESTADISTICA; POVERTY; MEASUREMENT; INCOME; DEVELOPMENT INDICATORS; STATISTICAL METHODOLOGY (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019-02-13
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://repositorio.cepal.org/handle/11362/44453

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ecr:col027:44453

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in Estudios Estadísticos from Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL) Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Biblioteca CEPAL ().

 
Page updated 2019-09-14
Handle: RePEc:ecr:col027:44453