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ERIC Number: EJ834380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1536-6367
Measuring Poverty: Theoretical and Empirical Considerations
Iceland, John
Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, v3 n4 p199-235 Jan 2005
This article discusses the theoretical underpinnings of different types of income poverty measures--absolute, relative, and a National Academy of Sciences (NAS) "quasi-relative" one--and empirically assesses them by tracking their performance over time and across demographic groups. Part of the assessment involves comparing these measures to subjective notions of poverty and nonincome hardship indicators. Overall, each of the income poverty measures is informative and should be viewed as a complementary source of information about people's economic well-being. The author's view, however, is that the quasi-relative poverty measure recommended by the NAS panel is the single most informative measure because of its theoretical attributes and its empirical performance thus far, although clearly more research on its empirical performance over time is necessary. (Contains 2 figures, 8 tables and 4 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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