Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/169266
Authors: 
Allen, Robert C.
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
LIS Working Paper Series 706
Abstract: 
A new basis for an international poverty measurement is proposed based on linear programming for specifying the least cost diet and explicit budgeting for non-food spending. This approach is superior to the World Bank's '$-a-day' line because it is (1) clearly related to survival and well being, (2) comparable across time and space since the same nutritional requirements are used everywhere while non-food spending is tailored to climate, (3) adjusts consumption patterns to local prices, (4) presents no index number problems since solutions are always in local prices, and (5) requires only readily available information. The new approach implies much more poverty than the World Bank's, especially in Asia.
Subjects: 
absolute poverty
diet problem
linear programming
World Bank poverty line
JEL: 
I12
I32
O61
O63
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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