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Happiness QuantifiedA Satisfaction Calculus Approach$
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Bernard van Praag and Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198286547

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0198286546.001.0001

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Poverty

Poverty

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(p.291) 15 Poverty
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Happiness Quantified
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Bernard Van Praag

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198286546.003.0015

This chapter explores the poverty phenomenon, distinguishing between the status of objective poverty and the subjective feeling of poverty. It is argued that defining objective poverty in terms of a minimum income or ‘basic needs’ runs the risk that some people who are officially declared to be ‘poor’ feel ‘non-poor’ and vice versa. A multidimensional poverty concept is presented, conforming to the approach to multidimensional inequality.

Keywords:   objective poverty, subjective poverty, poverty line, equivalence scales, poverty definitions, multidimensional poverty

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