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A sensitivity analysis of poverty definitions

Nicholas T. Longford () and Catia Nicodemo ()
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Nicholas T. Longford: SNTL and Departament d’Economia i Empresa, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Working Papers from Department of Applied Economics at Universitat Autonoma of Barcelona

Abstract: We conduct a sensitivity analysis of several estimators related to household income, to explore how some details of the definitions of the variables concerned influence the values of the common estimates, such as the mean, median and (poverty) rates. The purpose of this study is to highlight that some of the operational definitions entail an element of arbitrariness which leaves an undesirable stamp on the inferences made. The analyses use both a cross-sectional and a longitudinal (panel) component of the EU-SILC database.

Keywords: EU-SILC database; poverty rate; sampling weights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 46 pages
Date: 2009-11
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