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Research Handbook on Measuring Poverty and Deprivation

9781800883444 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Jacques Silber, Department of Economics, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Publication Date: March 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80088 344 4 Extent: c 688 pp
Encompassing chapters that address both unidimensional and multidimensional poverty, this timely Handbook explores all aspects of poverty and deprivation measurement, not only detailing broad issues but also scrutinising specific domains and aspects of poverty, such as health, energy and housing. Its succinct and highly focussed chapters, written by a diverse range of authors, employ a combination of theoretical and empirical methodologies to offer well-rounded explorations of complex topics.

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Currently, works on poverty constitute only a small part of contemporary economic research; however, the field of poverty and deprivation is undoubtedly one rising in popularity and relevance. Encompassing chapters that address both unidimensional and multidimensional poverty, this timely Handbook explores all aspects of poverty and deprivation measurement, not only detailing broad issues but also scrutinising specific domains and aspects of poverty, such as health, energy and housing.

Succinct and highly focused, it brings together a diverse range of authors to employ a combination of theoretical and empirical methodologies to offer well-rounded explorations of complex topics. Expansive in scope, the Handbook includes case studies that examine poverty across the globe, with a particular focus on covering Africa, China, India and Latin America, producing a comprehensive, rigorous and interdisciplinary resource.

The Handbook will be an invaluable resource for not only economics researchers and graduate students but also policy makers dealing with issues related to poverty and deprivation. Chapters are designed to provide the reader with foundational knowledge of a topic that they can subsequently deepen by exploring the cited literature.
Critical Acclaim
‘Jacques Silber’s Research Handbook on Measuring Poverty and Deprivation is a monumental achievement. Its 67 chapters – plus introduction and epilogue – cover virtually every important topic in the contemporary measurement and economic analysis of poverty, with every single chapter written by leading experts in the field.’
– Francisco H. G. Ferreira, London School of Economics, UK

‘In an academic world inundated with handbooks on almost all topics in economics, this Research Handbook on Measuring Poverty and Deprivation edited by Professor Jaques Silber is distinctive in its structure and coverage in terms of breadth and depth of topics covered. True to the old phrase, good things come in small packages, the Handbook presents bite sized chapters offering insights into current research and the state of the art on very specific aspects of poverty measurement. The structure of the Handbook is truely unique. The editor deserves praise and congratulations for bringing together wisdom of more than hundred eminent scholars at the forefront of research on poverty measurement. The coverage of topics is encyclopedic: uni- and multidimensional measures of poverty; poverty in specific domains including health, education, energy, housing and water; poverty among children, adults and the elderly; national, regional and global poverty; and, finally, interrelationships between poverty and economic insecurity, gender, mortality and inequality of opportunity. The Handbook also covers nuanced statistical methodological issues like small area estimation; Bayesian approaches; and standard errors associated with poverty measures. I am sure researchers, practitioners, policy makers and graduate students will find the treasure of information invaluable and the Handbook indispensable.’
– D.S. Prasada Rao, The University of Queensland, Australia


‘Jacques Silber’s Handbook constitutes a veritable intellectual treat to all those interested in poverty measurement.’
– From the epilogue by Nora Lustig, Tulane University, US

‘This is an impressive volume in its broad coverage of poverty analysis from different perspectives. It should be useful for all who are working in this area and practitioners interested in the practical applications of theoretical models of poverty analysis, particularly, for policy purposes.'
– Satya R. Chakravarty, Indian Statistical Institute and Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, India

‘Jacques Silber deserves much credit for assembling a comprehensive and informative collection of papers on measuring poverty and extreme inequality by a first-rate and diverse collection of authors ... It will long influence the evolution of the field.’
– from the foreword by James J. Heckman, University of Chicago, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Kseniya Abanokova, Gordon Anderson, Bénédicte Apouey, Massimo Aprea, Oihana Aristondo, Luis Ayala, Francisco Azpitarte, Paola Ballon, Elena Bárcena-Martin, Aurioles Beatriz Benítez, Valérie Bérenger, Mekonnen Bersisa, Rohan Best, Gianni Betti, Kristof Bosmans, Sara Bradshaw, Andrea Brandolini, Florent Bresson, Olga Canto, Alessandro Carraro, Lidia Ceriani, Andreas Chai, Danny I Cho, Duangkamon Chotikapanich, Antonella D’Agostino, Hai-Anh H. Dang, Gaurav Datt, Benoit Decerf, Joseph Deutsch, Shatakshee Dhongde, Indranil Dutta, Jose Espinoza-Delgado, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Lucia Ferrone, Tarlovsky Alan Fuchs, Alessio Fusco, Thesia Garner, Leonardo Gasparini, Chiara Gigliarano, Icaza Maria Fernanda Gonzalez, Carlos Gradin, William Griffiths, Anne-Catherine Guio, Mara Hammerle, Kenneth Harttgen, Almas Heshmati, Charles Horioka, Xiaoshan Hu, Michelle Kaffenberger, Nanak Kakwani, Mohamad Khaled, Martyna Kobus, Kouhei Komamura, Sanders Korenman, Marek Kośny, Christos Koulovatianos, Peter Lanjouw, Casilda Lasso de la Vega, Luc Lauwers, Achille Lemmi, Brian Linneker, Michel Lubrano, David Madden, Paul Makdissi, Francois Maniquet, John Micklewright, Ajit Mishra, Pundarik Mukhopadhaya, Pietro Muliere, Christophe Muller, Carolina Navarro, Laura Neri, Aaron Nicholas, Yoko Niimi, Tomson Ogwong, Erwin Ooghe, Prasanta Pattanaik, Iñaki Permanyer, Shelly Phipps, Grazia Pittau, Monica Pratesi, Lant Pritchett, Michele Raitano, Xavi Ramos, Ranjan Ray, Alessio Rebechi, Dahlia Remler, Trudi Renwick, García Maria José Roa, Nicholas Rohde, Marina Romaguera-de-la-Cruz, Maria Emma Santos, Francesco Schirripa Spagnolo, Carsten Schröder, Johannes Seiler, Seth Suman, Jacques Silber, Elena Stepanova, Leopoldo Tornarolli, Dirk Van de gaer, Philippe Van Kerm, Paolo Verme, Martina Viarengo, Alejandra Villegas, Sebastian Vollmer, Guanghua Wan, Kuriko Watanabe, Yongsheng Xu, Zhou Xun, Gaston Yalonetzky, Myra Yazbeck, Ajit Zacharias, Roberto Zelli Yuan Zhang, Buhong Zheng
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