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Title:Social groups and economic poverty: A problem in measurement PDF Logo
Authors:Subramanian, S.
Issue Date:2004
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2004/59
Abstract:This paper points to some elementary conflicts between the claims of interpersonal and intergroup justice as they manifest themselves in the process of seeking a real-valued index of poverty which is required to satisfy certain seemingly desirable properties. It indicates how ‘group-sensitive’ poverty measures, similar to the Anand-Sen (1995) ‘Gender Adjusted Human Development Index’ and the Subramanian-Majumdar (2002) ‘Group-Disparity Adjusted Deprivation Index’, may be constructed. Some properties of a specific ‘group-sensitive’ poverty index are appraised, and the advantage of having a ‘flexible’ measure which is capable of effecting a tradeoff between the claims of interpersonal and inter-group equality is spelt out. The implications of directly incorporating group disparities into the measurement of poverty for poverty comparisons and anti-poverty policy are also discussed.
Subjects:poverty
measurement
social groups
symmetry
transfer
subgroup sensitivity
JEL:D63
I32
ISBN:9291906522
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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