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ERIC Number: EJ786898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 14
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ISSN: ISSN-0303-8300
Is Poverty Multidimensional? A Comparison of Income and Asset Based Measures in Five Southern African Countries
von Maltzahn, Robyn; Durrheim, Kevin
Social Indicators Research, v86 n1 p149-162 Mar 2008
This paper contests the major emphasis placed on the multidimensional nature of poverty measurement. Instead, it argues that poverty pictures created by different measures and at different units of analysis tend to converge. This argument is derived from a comparison of poverty pictures created using income and asset-based measures at the national and household level in five South African Development Community countries. Although multidimensional measures have value in illuminating subtle differences, the findings indicate a single dimension of poverty that runs throughout all the measures and levels of analysis. However, despite the single poverty picture provided by different measures, the abandonment of these different measures is not supported. Multidimensional measures provide insight into particular elements of poverty that is useful and relevant to poverty interventions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa