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Measuring poverty accounting for time

Carlos Gradín (), Coral del Rio Otero () and Olga Cantó ()

No 1005, Working Papers from Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada

Abstract: In this paper we make a methodological proposal to measure poverty accounting for time by proposing a new index that aims at reconciling the way poverty is measured in a static and a dynamic framework. Our index is able to consider the duration of the poverty spell and the social preference for equality in well-being given that, in contrast with others that have been previously proposed, it is sensitive to the level of inequality between individual complete poverty experiences over time. Moreover, other indices in the literature can be interpreted as special cases of our more general measure. An empirical illustration shows the relevance of considering the distribution of poverty experiences among the population in an international analysis.

Keywords: intertemporal poverty; duration; equality; poverty measurement (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 D63 I32 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010-07
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