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Title:The measurement of time and income poverty PDF Logo
Authors:Zacharias, Ajit
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:Working paper, Levy Economics Institute 690
Abstract:Official poverty thresholds are based on the implicit assumption that the household with poverty-level income possesses sufficient time for household production to enable it to reproduce itself as a unit. Several authors have questioned the validity of the assumption and explored alternative methods to account for time deficits in the measurement of poverty. I critically review the alternative approaches within a unified framework to highlight the commonalities and relative merits of individual approaches. I also propose a two-dimensional, time-income poverty measure that accounts for intrahousehold disparities in the division of household labor and briefly discuss its uses in thinking about antipoverty policies.
Subjects:time poverty
household production
gender disparities
JEL:B54
I32
J16
J22
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College

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