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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya SenVolume I: Ethics, Welfare, and Measurement$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239115.001.0001

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Multidimensional Poverty Orderings *

Multidimensional Poverty Orderings *

THEORY AND APPLICATIONS

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(p.337) Chapter 18 Multidimensional Poverty Orderings*
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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen
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François Bourguignon

Satya R. Chakravarty

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239115.003.0019

This chapter generalizes the poverty ordering criteria available for single dimensional income poverty to the case of multidimensional welfare attributes. It discusses a set of properties to be satisfied by multidimensional poverty measures. It then defines general classes of poverty measures based on these properties. Finally, dominance criteria are derived such that a distribution of multidimensional attributes exhibits less poverty than another for all multidimensional poverty indices belonging to a given class. These criteria may be seen as a generalization of the single dimensional poverty-line criterion. However, it turns out that the way this generalization is made depends on whether attributes are complements or substitutes.

Keywords:   poverty measurement, multidimensional poverty ordering, dominance, income poverty, poverty measures

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