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Multidimensional poverty measurement: shouldn’t we take preferences into account?

Citation

Decancq, Koen; Fleurbaey, Marc; & Maniquet, François (2010). Multidimensional poverty measurement: shouldn’t we take preferences into account?.

Abstract

We study multidimensional poverty measurement. We propose to use agentsípreferences themselves to aggregate the di§erent poverty dimensions. We axiomatically derive a family of poverty indices. The key axiom consists in a priori identifying which preference relation makes experiencing deprivation the most severe experience. Then, we use data from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) to illustrate the approach. We find considerable empirical differences between the results based on a preference-sensitive multidimensional poverty measure and one-dimensional or preference-insensitive alternative measures.

URL

http://www.ecineq.org/ecineq_bari13/FILESxBari13/CR2/p84.pdf

Reference Type

Conference Proceedings

Year Published

2010

Author(s)

Decancq, Koen
Fleurbaey, Marc
Maniquet, François