Multidimensional Poverty and Inequality

133 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015

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Rolf Aaberge

Statistics Norway; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); Deaprtment of Economics

Andrea Brandolini

Bank of Italy

Date Written: September 26, 2014


This paper examines different approaches to the measurement of multidimensional inequality and poverty. First, it outlines three aspects preliminary to any multidimensional study: the selection of the relevant dimensions; the indicators used to measure them; and the procedures for their weighting. It then considers the counting approach and the axiomatic treatment in poverty measurement. Finally, it reviews the axiomatic approach to inequality analysis. The paper provides a selective review of a rapidly growing theoretical literature with the twofold aim of highlighting areas for future research and offering some guidance on how to use multidimensional methods in empirical and policy-oriented applications.

Keywords: inequality, poverty, deprivation, multidimensional well-being

JEL Classification: D3, D63, I30, I32

Suggested Citation

Aaberge, Rolf and Brandolini, Andrea, Multidimensional Poverty and Inequality (September 26, 2014). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 976, Available at SSRN: or

Rolf Aaberge

Statistics Norway ( email )

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

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Deaprtment of Economics ( email )


Andrea Brandolini (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

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