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Poverty Dynamics: Measurement and Understanding from an Interdisciplinary Perspective


Tony Addison


United Nations University

David Hulme


University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM)

Ravi Kanbur


Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

January 22, 2008

Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 19

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This paper introduces a significant new multi-disciplinary collection of studies of poverty dynamics, presenting the reader with the latest thinking by a group of researchers who are leaders in their respective disciplines. It argues that there are three main fronts on which progress must be made if we are to dramatically deepen the understanding of why poverty occurs, and significantly improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction policies. First, poverty research needs to focus on poverty dynamics - over the life-course, across generations and between different social groups. Second, there is a need to move efforts to measure poverty dynamics beyond mere income and consumption to more multidimensional concepts and measures of poverty. This is increasingly common in static analyses but is rare in work on poverty dynamics. Third, at the same time there is a growing consensus that a thorough understanding of poverty and poverty reduction requires bridging the gap between disciplines through interdisciplinary approaches that combine qualitative and quantitative methods in measurement and analysis.

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Date posted: September 27, 2008  

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Addison, Tony and Hulme, David and Kanbur, Ravi, Poverty Dynamics: Measurement and Understanding from an Interdisciplinary Perspective (January 22, 2008). Brooks World Poverty Institute Working Paper No. 19. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1246882 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1246882

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Tony Addison (Contact Author)
United Nations University ( email )
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David Hulme
University of Manchester - Institute for Development Policy and Management (IDPM) ( email )
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Ravi Kanbur
Cornell University - School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )
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