The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 195–214 | Cite as

Multidimensional poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean: new evidence from the Gallup World Poll

  • Leonardo GaspariniEmail author
  • Walter Sosa-Escudero
  • Mariana Marchionni
  • Sergio Olivieri


This paper studies poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean from a multidimensional perspective, exploiting the Gallup World Poll, a survey that provides a unique opportunity to perform intercountry comparisons. By applying factor analysis we find that welfare can be appropriately summarized by three dimensions: income, subjective welfare and “basic needs”. Another finding is that the US$ 1 line appears to be a reasonable cut-off value to measure food deprivation.


Latin America Caribbean Deprivation Poverty Welfare Multidimensional Gallup 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leonardo Gasparini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Walter Sosa-Escudero
    • 2
  • Mariana Marchionni
    • 1
  • Sergio Olivieri
    • 1
  1. 1.CEDLAS, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias EconómicasUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa PlataArgentina
  2. 2.Universidad de San Andrés (UdeSA) and CEDLASLa PlataArgentina

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