Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/63500
Authors: 
Subramanian, S.
Year of Publication: 
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

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