Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90513
Authors: 
Rippin, Nicole
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Courant Research Centre: Poverty, Equity and Growth - Discussion Papers 128
Abstract: 
According to Sen (1976), any reasonable poverty index ought to be sensitive to inequality. In a multidimensional framework, inequality between poverty dimensions is traditionally treated as association sensitivity. Such an approach, however, is based exclusively on efficiency considerations, thereby neglecting all aspects of distributive justice. This paper introduces a new property for dealing with inequality that accounts for both efficiency as well as distributive justice. Based on the new property, it then proceeds to derive a new class of inequality-sensitive poverty measures whose advantages are demonstrated by an empirical application to 28 developing countries.
Subjects: 
Multidimensional poverty measurement
counting indices
inequality
correlation sensitivity
identification
JEL: 
I32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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