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Measuring Poverty

Edited by Stephan Klasen, Professor of Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany
This impressive collection brings together the most important contributions by some of the leading scholars in the field of poverty measurement. It includes critical papers on what constitutes poverty and associated poverty measures, as well as conceptual and empirical approaches to set poverty lines for both national and international settings. The volume also discusses national and international income poverty measures, multidimensional poverty indices, and ways to capture poverty dynamics.

With an original introduction by the editor, this collection will be an essential resource for scholars and students of development economics and social policy.
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  • Economics and Finance
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  • Welfare Economics
This impressive collection brings together the most important contributions by some of the leading scholars in the field of poverty measurement. It includes critical papers on what constitutes poverty and associated poverty measures, as well as conceptual and empirical approaches to set poverty lines for both national and international settings. The volume also discusses national and international income poverty measures, multidimensional poverty indices, and ways to capture poverty dynamics.

With an original introduction by the editor, this collection will be an essential resource for scholars and students of development economics and social policy.
‘This collection of landmark works on the concepts and methods for measuring poverty will be highly valuable to students and scholars in the field. Augmented by an original introduction by S. Klasen, a most prominent contributor to the analysis of poverty, it provides an illuminating synthesis that will remain a key resource for years.’
– Marc Fleurbaey, Princeton University, US
41 articles, dating from 1967 to 2016
Contributors include: S. Alkire, A.B. Atkinson, F. Bourguignon, S. Chen, C. D’Ambrosio, A. Deaton, J. Foster, M. Ravallion, S. Reddy, A. Sen
Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introduction Stephan Klasen

PART I CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES IN A SINGLE DIMENSION
1. Buhong Zheng (1993), ‘An Axiomatic Characterization of the Watts Poverty Index’, Economic Letters, 42 (1), 81–86

2. Amartya Sen (1976), ‘Poverty: An Ordinal Approach to Measurement’, Econometrica, 44 (2), March, 219–31

3. James Foster, Joel Greer and Erik Thorbecke (1984), ‘Notes and Comments: A Class of Decomposable Poverty Measures’, Econometrica, 52 (3), May, 761–66

4. A.B. Atkinson (1970), ‘On the Measurement of Poverty’, Econometrica, 55 (4), July, 749–64

5. Amartya Sen (1983), ‘Poor, Relatively Speaking’, Oxford Economic Papers, 35 (2), 153–69 [17]

6. Peter Townsend (1985), ‘A Sociological Approach to the Measurement of Poverty–A Rejoinder to Professor Amartya Sen’, Oxford Economic Papers, 37 (4), December, 659–68

7. Amartya Sen (1985), ‘A Sociological Approach to the Measurement of Poverty: A Reply to Peter Townsend', Oxford Economic Papers, 37 (4), December, 669–76

8. Lawrence Haddad and Ravi Kanbur (1990), ‘How Serious is the Neglect of Intra–Household Inequality?’, Economic Journal, 100 (402), September, 866–81

PART II EMPIRICAL APPROACHES TO NATIONAL INCOME POVERTY MEASUREMENT
9. Mollie Orshansky (1965), ‘Counting the Poor: Another Look at the Poverty Profile’, Social Security Bulletin, 28 (1), January, 3–29

10. Joel Greer and Erik Thorbecke (1986), ‘A Methodology for Measuring Food Poverty Applied to Kenya’, Journal of Development Economics, 24 (1), November, 59–74

11. Martin Ravallion and Benu Bidani (1994), ‘How Robust is a Poverty Profile’, World Bank Economic Review, 8 (1), January, 75–102

12. Martin Ravallion and Binayak Sen (1996), ‘When Method Matters: Monitoring Poverty in Bangladesh,’ Economic Development and Cultural Change, 44 (4), July, 761–92

13. Victor R. Fuchs (1967), ‘Redefining Poverty and Redistributing Income’, Public Interest, 8, Summer, 88–95

14. Arie Kapetyn, Peter Kooreman and Rob Willemse (1988), ‘Some Methodological Issues in the Implementation of Subjective Poverty Definitions’, Journal of Human Resources, 23 (2), Spring, 222–42

15. Menno Pradhan and Martin Ravallion (2000), ‘Measuring Poverty Using Qualitative Perceptions of Consumption Adequacy’, Review of Economics and Statistics, 82 (3), August, 462–71

16. Brigitte Buhmann, Lee Rainwater, Guenther Schmaus and Timothy M. Smeeding (1988), ‘Equivalence Scales, Well-being, Inequality and Poverty: Sensitivity Estimates Across Ten Countries Using the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) Database’, Review of Income and Wealth, 34 (2), 115–42

17. Jean Drèze and P.V. Srinivasan (1997), ‘Widowhood and Poverty in Rural India: Some Inferences From Household Survey Data’, Journal of Development Economics, 54 (2), December, 217–34

18. Daniel T. Slesnick (1993), ‘Gaining Ground: Poverty in the Postwar United States’, Journal of Political Economy, 101 (1), February, 1–38

PART III EMPIRICAL APPROACHES TO INTERNATIONAL INCOME POVERTY MEASUREMENT
19. Montek S. Ahluwalia, Nicholas G. Carter and Hollis B. Chenery (1979), ‘Growth and Poverty in Developing Countries’, Journal of Development Economics, 6 (3), 299–341

20. Martin Ravallion, Gaurav Datt and Dominique van de Walle (1991), Quantifying Absolute Poverty in the Developing World', Review of Income and Wealth, 37 (4), December,

21. Shaohua Chen and Martin Ravallion (2001), ‘How did the World’s Poorest Fare in the 1900s?’, Review of Income and Wealth, 47 (3), September, 283–300

22. Shaohua Chen and Martin Ravallion (2010), ‘The Developing World is Poorer than we Thought, but no Less Successful in the Fight Against Poverty’, Quarterly Journal of Economics, 125 (4), November, 1577–625

23. Angus Deaton (2010), ‘Price Indexes, Inequality and the Measurement of World Poverty’, American Economic Review, 100 (1), March, 5–34

24. Francisco H.G. Ferreira, Shaohua Chen, Andrew Dabalen, Yuri Dikhanov, Nada Hamadeh, Dean Jolliffe, Ambar Narayan, Espen Beer Prydz, Ana Revenga, Prem Sangraula, Umar Serajuddin and Nobuo Yoshida (2016), ‘A Global Count of the Extreme Poor in 2012: Data Issues, Methdology and Initial Results’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 14 (2), June, 141–72

25. Stephan Klasen, Tatyana Krivobokova, Friederike Greb, Rahul Lahoti, Syamsul Hidayat Pasaribu and Manuel Wisenfarth (2016),‘International Income Poverty Measurement: Which Way Now?’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 14 (2), June, 199–225

26. Sanjay Reddy and Rahul Lahoti (2016), ‘$1.90 a Day: What Does it Say? The New International Poverty Line’, New Left Review, 97, January–February, 106–27

27. Martin Ravallion and Shaohua Chen (2011) ‘Weakly Relative Poverty’, Review of Economics and Statistics, 93 (4), November, 1251–261

28. Martin Ravallion (2016), ‘Toward Better Global Poverty Measures’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 14 (2), June, 227–48

PART IV CONCEPTUAL APPROACHES TO MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY MEASUREMENT
29. François Bourguignon and Sayta R. Chakravarty (2003), ‘The Measurement of Multidimensional Poverty’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 1 (1), April, 25–49

30. Satya R. Chakravarty and Conchita D’Ambrosio (2006), ‘The Measurement of Social Exclusion’, Review of Income and Wealth, 52 (3), September, 377–98

31. D. Jayaraj and S. Subramanian (2010), ‘A. Chakravarty – D’Ambrosio View of Multidimensional Deprivation: Some Estimates for India’, Economic and Political Weekly, XLX (6), February, 53–65

32. Sabina Alkire and James Foster (2011), ‘Counting and Multidimensional Poverty Measurement’, Journal of Public Economics, 95 (7–8), August, 476–87

33. Jean-Yves Duclos, David E. Sahn and Stephen D. Younger (2006) ‘Robust Multidimensional Poverty Comparisons’, Economic Journal, 116 (514), October, 943–68

PART V EMPIRICAL APPROACHES TO MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY MEASUREMENT
34. Stephan Klasen (2000), ‘Measuring Poverty and Deprivation in South Africa’, Review of Income and Wealth, 46 (1), March, 33–58

35. Sabine Alkire and Maria Emma Santos (2014), ‘Measuring Acute Poverty in the Developing World: Robustness and Scope of the Multidimensional Poverty Index’, World Development, 59, July, 251–74

36. Martin Ravallion (2011) ‘On Multidimensional Indices of Poverty’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 9 (2), March, 235–48

37. Nicole Rippin (2016), ‘Multidimensional Poverty in Germany: A Capability Approach’, Forum for Social Economics, 45 (2–3), 230–55
PART VI POVERTY DYNAMICS: CHRONIC AND TRANSITIONAL POVERTY, VULNERABILITY
38. Jyotsna Jalan and Martin Ravallion (1998), ‘Transient Poverty in Postreform Rural China’, Journal of Comparative Economics, 26 (2), June, 338–57

39. Ethan Ligon and Laura Schechter (2003), ‘Measuring Vunerability’, Economic Journal’, 113 (486), March, C95–C102

40. Felix Povel (2015), ‘Measuring Exposure to Downside Risk with an Application to Thailand and Vietnam’, World Development, 71, July, 4–24

41. Walter Bossert, Satya Chakravarty and Conchita D’ Ambrosio (2012), ‘Poverty and Time’, Journal of Economic Inequality, 10 (2), June, 145–62

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