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Comparing measures of poverty and relative deprivation

An example for Belgium


This paper presents three different poverty standards. A first approach takes the disposable income as an indicator of poverty. A second approach uses the Leyden approach. Finally an aggregate index of deprivation, based on the observation of consumption events, is constructed through a particular econometric procedure proposed by Desai and Shah (1988). These alternative measures are then compared on a sample composed of 6380 Belgian households. Such an analysis can be expected to provide some further insight into the problem of measuring poverty, which has been the subject of a recent controversial debate.

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We thank the participants of the Second Annual Meeting of the European Society for Population Economics, June 23–25, 1988, Mannheim (FRG), L. Gevers, J. Lindsey, P. Pestieau, B. Sak, K. Van den Bosch and two anonymous referees for their comments and suggestions.

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Delhausse, B., Luttgens, A. & Perelman, S. Comparing measures of poverty and relative deprivation. J Popul Econ 6, 83–102 (1993).

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  • Alternative Measure
  • Disposable Income
  • Relative Deprivation
  • Aggregate Index
  • Controversial Debate