Measuring Poverty in the Pacific
Development Policy Centre Discussion Paper No. 9
22 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2012 Last revised: 19 Jul 2012
Date Written: November 1, 2011
Measuring poverty in the Pacific is important to keep poor people on the policy agenda, to design effective policies and programs and to carry out rigorous evaluation so that we know what works and why. There are various definitions of poverty, ranging from a narrow focus on adequate calorie consumption through to broader concepts of capabilities. This paper takes a practical look at how to measure one conventional indicator of poverty: income (or consumption) poverty. In doing so, the paper highlights both the limitations of household datasets in the Pacific as well as opportunities to make better use of data for poverty analysis. Good progress is being made in improving the quality of household surveys, so the challenge now is to analyze these more fully to inform policies, program design and evaluation.
Keywords: poverty, Pacific
JEL Classification: D63, I32, O1, O15, O56
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