Poverty, Time and Vagueness: Integrating the Core Poverty and Chronic Poverty Frameworks

Posted: 1 Mar 2010

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David A. Clark

affiliation not provided to SSRN

David Hulme

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

Abstract

In recent decades there have been considerable steps forward in terms of understanding poverty. This paper identifies three ‘meta-dimensions’ of poverty, which relate to: (i) depth and severity; (ii) breadth and multidimensionality; and (iii) time and duration. The advances that have been made in terms of conceptualising, measuring and analysing poverty in each of these areas are briefly considered. It is shown that the third and final ‘meta-dimension’ - time and duration - has been neglected until relatively recently. It is argued that time, and, in particular, duration is an important analytical component for understanding the experience of poverty and the processes that create and reduce poverty. The final part of the paper suggests a way of integrating time into a unified framework for understanding poverty, which can deal with the depth, breadth and duration of poverty. This involves extending Mozaffar Qizilbash's poverty and vagueness methodology to include duration.

Keywords: Poverty, Vagueness, Time, Multidimensionality, Well-being

JEL Classification: B41, I31, I32, O10

Suggested Citation

Clark, David A. and Hulme, David, Poverty, Time and Vagueness: Integrating the Core Poverty and Chronic Poverty Frameworks. Cambridge Journal of Economics, Vol. 34, No. 2, pp. 347-366, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1559686 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cje/ben046

David A. Clark

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

David Hulme

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

Manchester M13 9GH
United Kingdom

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