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Rethinking the Measurement of Poverty

David Brady

in Rich Democracies, Poor People: How Politics Explain Poverty

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195385878
eISBN:
9780199870066
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385878.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Comparative Politics

This chapter begins by reviewing the shortcomings of the official U.S. measure of poverty, arguing that it is unreliable and invalid. Then, the chapter reviews major theoretical and methodological ... More


Poverty

Fred Campano and Dominick Salvatore

in Income Distribution: Includes CD

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195300918
eISBN:
9780199783441
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195300912.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter addresses some of the normative issues related to poverty. Both absolute and relative poverty are discussed as well as the more common poverty measures. The connection between the income ... More


Raise the Floor

Lane Kenworthy

in Progress for the Poor

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199591527
eISBN:
9780191731389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

One of the principal goals of antipoverty efforts should be to improve the absolute living standards of the least well-off. This book aims to enhance our understanding of how to do that.


Basic Needs and Basic Capabilities

Sabina Alkire

in Valuing Freedoms: Sen's Capability Approach and Poverty Reduction

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780199245796
eISBN:
9780191600838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199245797.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

Each of the four chapters of Part I of the book synthesizes one aspect that must be specified in the operationalization of the capability approach, then proposes a framework for doing so. This fifth ... More


Raising the Standard: The War on Global Poverty 1

Surjit S. Bhalla

in Debates on the Measurement of Global Poverty

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199558032
eISBN:
9780191721335
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558032.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Macro- and Monetary Economics, Development, Growth, and Environmental

There are two standard approaches to the measurement of poverty: an exclusive survey-based method, and the alternative method of using distribution from the surveys and means from the national ... More


On the Welfarist Rationale for Relative Poverty Lines *

Martin Ravallion

in Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen: Volume I: Ethics, Welfare, and Measurement

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199239115
eISBN:
9780191716935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239115.003.0021
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter reviews the theory and evidence supporting a relativist approach to poverty measurement. It identifies various sources of welfare interdependence, including the idea of ‘relative ... More


Deconstructing European Poverty Measures

Richard V. Burkhauser

in Counting the Poor: New Thinking About European Poverty Measures and Lessons for the United States

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860586
eISBN:
9780199932948
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860586.003.0004
Subject:
Social Work, Social Policy, Children and Families

This chapter considers the implications for the EU of the American experience in measuring poverty. It begins by considering different dimensions within which both the EU and the United States must ... More


Measuring child poverty and deprivation

David Gordon and Shailen Nandy

in Global Child Poverty and Well-being: Measurement, Concepts, Policy and Action

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9781847424822
eISBN:
9781447307235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847424822.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

The chapter describes how relative deprivation theory can be used to produce valid and reliable estimates of the extent and nature of child poverty both within and between countries. A worked example ... More


Poverty

Paul Spicker

in The Poverty of Nations: A Relational Perspective

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781447343325
eISBN:
9781447343363
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447343325.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

Conventional representations of poverty treat it as a condition characterized by a lack of resources. In recent years, those representations have been challenged, as poverty has increasingly come to ... More


The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement, and Policy

Martin Ravallion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190212766
eISBN:
9780190212803
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212766.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The last thirty years has seen much progress against extreme poverty in the world—a faster pace of progress than was seen over the prior 100 years or more of economic development globally. However, ... More


Dignity, self-respect and real poverty in Europe

Christian Neuhäuser

in Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447341284
eISBN:
9781447341338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0017
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

Many people seem to believe that absolute poverty is very serious, a violation of human dignity even, while relative poverty is not. Against this assumption, I will defend the claim that both, ... More


Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Helmut Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447341284
eISBN:
9781447341338
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This book examines absolute poverty in Europe, which is at the moment fairly neglected in academic and policy discourse. It opens with conceptual and methodological considerations that prepare the ... More


Conclusion: responding to the dark reality of absolute poverty in European welfare states

Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

in Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447341284
eISBN:
9781447341338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0019
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter states that the hegemonic European relative poverty paradigm necessitates a complementary approach that sheds light on overlooked or neglected individuals and groups in absolute poverty ... More


Growth Is Good for the Poor, If Social Policy Passes It On

Lane Kenworthy

in Progress for the Poor

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199591527
eISBN:
9780191731389
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591527.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

Economic growth has been good for the poor in the world’s rich nations since the 1970s. But not always. Some countries have experienced lengthy periods of economic growth with little or no rise in ... More


Poverty

Nicola Amendola and Fernando Salsano

in Measuring Wellbeing: A History of Italian Living Standards

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780199944590
eISBN:
9780190218850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199944590.003.0010
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Some commentators argue that greater economic growth implies less absolute poverty. This is wrong. If the economic development process is accompanied by an increase in inequality, this may prevent ... More


Absolute poverty in Europe: introduction

Helmut P. Gaisbauer, Gottfried Schweiger, and Clemens Sedmak

in Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447341284
eISBN:
9781447341338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This introduction examines three challenges – methods, concepts, politics – that can help to grasp what could be meant by absolute poverty in Europe and why it is something that deserves attention ... More


Introduction Disability and poverty: a global challenge

Benedicte Ingstad and Arne H. Eide

in Disability and poverty: A global challenge

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9781847428851
eISBN:
9781447302063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781847428851.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This book is about being disabled and being poor and the social, cultural, and political processes that link these two aspects of living in what has been characterised as a ‘vicious circle’. It is ... More


The Absolute Poverty Approach

Gary S. Fields

in Employment and Development: How Work Can Lead From and Into Poverty

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780198815501
eISBN:
9780191853166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198815501.003.0013
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

“Poverty” has been defined as the inability of an individual or a family to command sufficient resources to satisfy basic needs. The workman who, in Adam Smith’s day, could not appear in public ... More


Poverty Research and Measurement

Robert Walker

in The Shame of Poverty

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199684823
eISBN:
9780191765117
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684823.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, Political Economy

This chapter documents the changing understanding of poverty, charting shifting emphases from absolute to relative measures, from unidimensional to multidimensional ones that embrace, deprivation, ... More


Measures of extreme poverty applied in the European Union

Jonathan Bradshaw and Oleksandr Movshuk

in Absolute Poverty in Europe: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Hidden Phenomenon

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447341284
eISBN:
9781447341338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447341284.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

This chapter operationalises and tests out a number of possible measures of extreme poverty applied to the European Union countries, using the analysis of household survey data from EU- Statistics on ... More


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