Measuring Multidimensional Aspiration Gaps: A Means to Understanding Cultural Aspects of Poverty

17 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2010

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James Copestake

University of Bath - Department of Economics

Laura Camfield

University of Bath - Department of Economics

Abstract

This article links primary research into the way subjective well-being among poor people can be defined and measured to the growing literature on poverty as a failure of capacity to aspire. Data from Bangladesh, Thailand and Peru are used to illustrate a measurement strategy based on defining well-being as a function of the gap between individuals’ diverse and multiple aspirations, and their satisfaction with achieving them. Such analysis has the potential to illuminate variation in individual and local capacity to respond to different development opportunities. It also warns against the limitations of treating aspirations as a single rather than a multidimensional concept.

Suggested Citation

Copestake, James and Camfield, Laura, Measuring Multidimensional Aspiration Gaps: A Means to Understanding Cultural Aspects of Poverty. Development Policy Review, Vol. 28, No. 5, pp. 617-633, September 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653015 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-7679.2010.00501.x

James Copestake (Contact Author)

University of Bath - Department of Economics ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

Laura Camfield

University of Bath - Department of Economics ( email )

Claverton Down
Bath, BA2 7AY
United Kingdom

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