Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/126330
Authors: 
Chakravarty, Satya R.
Chattopadhyay, Nachiketa
Nissanov, Zoya
Silber, Jacques
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Working Paper 2015/002
Abstract: 
A recent trend in the study of poverty is to consider a relative poverty line, one that is responsive to the nature of the income distribution. We develop an axiomatic approach to the determination of an amalgam poverty line. Given a reference income (e.g. the mean or the median), the amalgam poverty line becomes a weighted average of the absolute poverty line and the reference income, where the weights depend on the policy maker's preferences for aggregating the two components. The paper ends with an empirical illustration comparing rural and urban and areas in the People's Republic of China and India.
Subjects: 
absolute poverty
amalgam threshold
India
People's Republic of China
poverty line
relative poverty
JEL: 
D31
D63
I32
ISBN: 
978-92-9230-887-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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