Poverty and Inequality in Tunisia: A Non-Monetary Approach
Institut Supérieur de Gestion
AbdelRahmen El Lahga
Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Tunisia)
University of Tunis
February 24, 2007
Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network Working Paper No. PMMA-2007-1405
In this study we construct a welfare composite index (WCI) from a set of non-monetary household living conditions indicators in order to analyze the evolution of poverty in Tunisia between 1988 and 2001 from a multidimensional perspective. We show that poverty significantly decreased during the period, although regional and rural/urban disparities remained unchanged. Poverty is essentially a rural phenomenon. The Northwest (NW) and Central West (CW) remained the poorest regions of the country. Improvement in housing conditions and in access to communication tools may be important in the effort to fight poverty.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Poverty, Tunisia
JEL Classification: D31, D63working papers series
Date posted: February 25, 2009
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