The Measurement of Time and Income Poverty

Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 690

26 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2011

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Ajit Zacharias

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

Date Written: October 5, 2011

Abstract

Official poverty thresholds are based on the implicit assumption that the household with poverty-level income possesses sufficient time for household production to enable it to reproduce itself as a unit. Several authors have questioned the validity of the assumption and explored alternative methods to account for time deficits in the measurement of poverty. I critically review the alternative approaches within a unified framework to highlight the commonalities and relative merits of individual approaches. I also propose a two-dimensional, time-income poverty measure that accounts for intrahousehold disparities in the division of household labor and briefly discuss its uses in thinking about antipoverty policies.

Keywords: Time Poverty, Household Production, Gender Disparities

JEL Classification: B54, I32, J16, J22

Suggested Citation

Zacharias, Ajit, The Measurement of Time and Income Poverty (October 5, 2011). Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Working Paper No. 690. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1939383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1939383

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