Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170993
Authors: 
Betti, Gianni
Mangiavacchi, Lucia
Piccoli, Luca
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 11009
Abstract: 
This work studies the impact of accounting for intrahousehold inequality in the distribution of resources for the measurement of poverty. For the estimation of intrahousehold distribution of resources the study relies on collective Engel curves. For the poverty analysis, we propose a fuzzy intrahousehold index which is less sensitive to small changes around the poverty line compared to standard FGT indices and produce more reliable results. This provides an interesting approach to address individual poverty in contexts where intrahousehold inequality is at work and there is a concentration of individuals near the poverty line. The proposed approach is applied to the analysis of individual poverty in Albania, finding an expected general increase in poverty rates. Besides, a previously unperceived issue – female poverty – emerges as a worryingly aspect to be accounted for in anti-poverty policies.
Subjects: 
female poverty
gender inequality
fuzzy set poverty
intrahousehold distribution
collective model
Albania
JEL: 
I32
J16
D13
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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