Advertisement

The Journal of Economic Inequality

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 51–65 | Cite as

Multidimensional Deprivation: Contrasting Social Welfare and Counting Approaches

  • A. B. Atkinson
Article

Abstract

Adoption of a multidimensional approach to deprivation poses the challenge of understanding the interaction between different dimensions. Are we concerned with the union of all those deprived on at least one dimension or with the intersection of those deprived on all dimensions? How does the approach of counting deprivations relate to approaches based on social welfare? The paper brings out key features of different approaches and sets them in a common framework.

deprivation multidimensional poverty 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Anand, S. and Sen, A.K.: Concepts of human development and poverty: a multidimensional perspective, Human Development Papers, United Nations Development Programme, New York, 1997.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Atkinson, A.B. and Bourguignon, F.: The comparison of multi-dimensioned distributions of economic status, Rev. Econom. Stud. 49 (1982), 183–201.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Atkinson, T., Cantillon, B., Marlier, E. and Nolan, B.: Social Indicators: The EU and Social Inclusion, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2002.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Bourguignon, F. and Chakravarty, S.R.: Themeasurement of multidimensional poverty, DELTA Document 98–12, Paris, 1998.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Bourguignon, F. and Chakravarty, S.R.: A family of multidimensional poverty measures, DELTA Document 98–03, Paris, 1998.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Bourguignon, F. and Chakravarty, S.R.: Multi-dimensional poverty orderings, DELTA, Paris, 2002.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Brandolini, A. and D'Alessio, G.:Measuring well-being in the functioning space, Bank of Italy, Rome, 1998.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Callan, T., Layte, R., Nolan, B., Watson, D., Whelan, C.T., Williams, J. and Maî tre, B.: Monitoring Poverty Trends, ESRI, Dublin, 1999.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Desai, M. and Shah, A.: An econometric approach to the measurement of poverty, Oxford Economic Papers 40 (1988), 505–534.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Duclos, J.-Y., Sahn, D. and Younger S.D.: Robust multidimensional poverty comparisons, Université Laval, Canada, 2001.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Erikson, R.: Descriptions of inequality: the Swedish approach to welfare research, In: M.C. Nussbaum and A. Sen (eds), The Quality of Life, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1993.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Foster, J.E., Greer, J. and Thorbecke, E.: A class of decomposable poverty measures, Econometrica 52 (1984), 761–766.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Kannai, Y.: The ALEP definition of complementarity and least concave utility functions, J. Econom. Theory 22 (1980), 115–117.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Kihlstrom, R.E. and Mirman, L.J.: Constant, increasing and decreasing risk: A version with many commodities, Rev. Econom. Stud. 48 (1981), 271–280.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Layte, R., Nolan, B. and Whelan, C.T.: Targeting poverty: lessons from monitoring Ireland's national anti-poverty strategy, J. Social Policy 29 (2000), 553–575.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Micklewright, J.: Should the UK Government measure poverty and social exclusion with a composite index?, In: CASE, 2001, Indicators of Progress: A Discussion of Approaches to Monitor the Government's Strategy to Tackle Poverty and Social Exclusion, CASE Report 13, LSE, 2001.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Ravallion, M.: Issues in measuring and modelling poverty, Economic J. 106 (1996), 1328–1343.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Sen, A.K.: Poverty: an ordinal approach to measurement, Econometrica 44 (1976), 219–231.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Sen, A.K.: The Standard of Living, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1987.Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Sen, A.K.: Development as Freedom, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1999.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Social Protection Committee: Indicators sub-group: report from the Chairman to the SPC, Brussels, 2001.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Townsend, P.: Poverty in the United Kingdom, Allen Lane, Harmondsworth, 1979.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Tsui, K.: Multidimensional poverty indices, Social Choice and Welfare 19 (2002), 69–93.Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Vranken, J.: Belgian reports on poverty, Paper presented at the conference “Reporting on Income Distribution and Poverty - Perspectives from a German and an European Point of View” organized by the Hans Böckler Stiftung, Berlin, February 2002.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. B. Atkinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Nuffield CollegeOxfordUK

Personalised recommendations