Multidimensional Poverty Targeting

CIRPEE Working Paper 13-39

40 Pages Posted: 6 Nov 2013 Last revised: 16 Jul 2018

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Jean-Yves Duclos

Laval University; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Luca Tiberti

Université Laval; Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP)

Abdelkrim Araar

Université Laval - Département d'Économique

Date Written: October 31, 2013


The importance of taking into account multiple dimensions of well-being in the measurement of poverty has been emphasized in the recent literature. The poverty alleviation literature has not, however, yet addressed the important issue of policy design for efficient multidimensional poverty reduction. From a normative perspective, it can be argued that, in addition to being concerned with impacts on multiple dimensions of poverty, policy should also consider impacts on their joint distribution. From a positive perspective, it is regularly observed that different poverty dimensions are often correlated and mutually reinforced, especially over time. The paper integrates these two perspectives into a consistent policy evaluation framework. Targeting dominance techniques are also proposed to assess the normative robustness of targeting strategies. The analytical results are applied to data from Vietnam and South Africa and illustrate the role of both normative and positive perspectives in designing efficient multidimensional poverty targeting policies.

Keywords: Targeting, Multidimensional poverty, Efficient policy, Vietnam, South Africa

JEL Classification: D63, H21, I38

Suggested Citation

Duclos, Jean-Yves and Tiberti, Luca and Araar, Abdelkrim, Multidimensional Poverty Targeting (October 31, 2013). CIRPEE Working Paper 13-39, Available at SSRN: or

Jean-Yves Duclos (Contact Author)

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Luca Tiberti

Université Laval ( email )

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Abdelkrim Araar

Université Laval - Département d'Économique ( email )

Ste-Foy, Quebec 179Que G1K

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