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Bridging the gap between the measurement of poverty and of deprivation

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Borooah, Vani K.

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Abstract One way of measuring the deprivation or poverty of persons is to use money based measures: a person is regarded as "poor" if his/her income (or expenditure) falls below a poverty line value. Such an approach - usually termed poverty analysis - has spawned a large literature embodying several sophisticated measures of poverty. The downside to this is that low income or expenditure may not be very good indicators of deprivation. Another way, usually termed deprivation analysis, is to define an index whose value, for each person, is the number (or proportion) of items, from a prescribed list, that he/she possesses: persons are then regarded as "deprived" if their index value is below some threshold value. This offers an alternative method of identifying deprived persons. The downside of deprivation analysis is that it measures deprivation exclusively in terms of the proportion of deprived persons in the total number of persons. The purpose of this paper is to bridge the gap between poverty and deprivation analysis by constructing a wider set of deprivation measures and showing, with data for Northern Ireland, how they might be applied.
Classification Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods; Social Problems
Free Keywords Poverty; Deprivation; Possessions; Economising; Northern Ireland
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 349-356
Journal Applied Economics, 40 (2008) 3
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840500426926
Status Postprint; reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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