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Measuring poverty

David, Demery (2005) Measuring poverty. In: Training Course on Constructing the Malaysian Poverty Line Income, 2-4 February 2005. (Unpublished)

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The most commonly used measure is the ‘headcount’ ratio - simply the total number of poor households or individuals expressed as a ratio of the number of all households or individuals. This measures the incidence of poverty. But in the quarter of a century after Sen’s (1976) groundbreaking work on poverty measurement, more than a dozen new poverty measures have been proposed. These measures have their strengths and weaknesses and it is now generally accepted that a complete picture of poverty requires consideration of more than one single measure. We shall assess a number of key indices of poverty and conclude by outlining some useful graphical methods of presenting the various dimensions of poverty.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: poverty, measurement
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Depositing User: Mrs. Juwita Johari
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2010 00:37
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2010 00:37
URI: http://repo.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/237

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