Time and Poverty from a Developing Country Perspective

Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 600

38 Pages Posted: 28 May 2010

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Rania Antonopoulos

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Emel Memis

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Date Written: May 27, 2010

Abstract

This study is concerned with the measurement of poverty in the context of developing countries. We argue that poverty rankings must take into account time use dimensions of paid and unpaid work jointly. Reviewing the current state of the literature on this topic, our methodology introduces a critical but missing analytical distinction between time poverty and time deprivation. On this basis, we proceed to provide empirical evidence by using South African time use survey data compiled in 2000. Our findings show that existing methods that work well for advanced countries require modification when adopted in the case of a developing country. The results identify a group of adults who previously were inadvertently missing, as they were considered "time wealthy."

Keywords: Time Poverty Measurement; Time Use, Poverty, Policy

JEL Classification: J22, J16, I32

Suggested Citation

Antonopoulos, Rania and Memis, Emel, Time and Poverty from a Developing Country Perspective (May 27, 2010). Levy Economics Institute Working Paper No. 600. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1616671 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1616671

Rania Antonopoulos (Contact Author)

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood
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Emel Memis

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States

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