Measuring Poverty in the Case of Buenos Aires: Why Time Deficits Matter

Levy Economics Institute, Working Paper No. 865, 2016

80 Pages Posted: 7 May 2016

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Rania Antonopoulos

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Valeria Esquivel

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute

Thomas Masterson

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

Ajit Zacharias

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute

Date Written: May 6, 2016

Abstract

We describe the production of estimates of the Levy Institute Measure of Time and Income Poverty (LIMTIP) for Buenos Aires, Argentina, and use it to analyze the incidence of time and income poverty. We find high numbers of hidden poor — those who are not poor according to the official measure but are found to be poor when using our time-adjusted poverty line. Large time deficits for those living just above the official poverty line are the reason for this hidden poverty. Time deficits are unevenly distributed by employment status, family type, and especially gender. Simulations of the impact of full-time employment on those households with nonworking (for pay) adults indicate that reductions in income poverty can be achieved, but at the cost of increased time poverty. Policy interventions that address the lack of both income and time are discussed.

Keywords: Income Poverty, Economic Well-Being, Employment Policy, Fiscal Policy, Gender Disparities, Household Production, Levy Institute Measure of Time and Income Poverty (LIMTIP), Time Deficits, Argentina, Unpaid Work

JEL Classification: C14, C40, D31, J22

Suggested Citation

Antonopoulos, Rania and Esquivel, Valeria and Masterson, Thomas and Zacharias, Ajit, Measuring Poverty in the Case of Buenos Aires: Why Time Deficits Matter (May 6, 2016). Levy Economics Institute, Working Paper No. 865, 2016 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2776670 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2776670

Rania Antonopoulos (Contact Author)

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Valeria Esquivel

Bard College - The Levy Economics Institute ( email )

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Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504-5000
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Thomas Masterson

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute ( email )

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Ajit Zacharias

Bard College - Levy Economics Institute ( email )

Blithewood
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
United States
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