The Measurement of Poverty: An Experimental Questionnaire Investigation

Posted: 12 May 1998

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Yoram Amiel

Ruppin Academic Center - Department of Economics and Management

Frank Cowell

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)

Abstract

We re-examine some of the standard axioms used in the literature on poverty measurement. Using a sample of 486 students from Australia, Israel and the USA we investigate the extent to which individuals' perceptions of poverty correspond to the axioms. We find that axioms such a anonymity, growth of the poor and monotonicity are reasonably well supported. However, there is very little support for the focus axiom, and the principle of transfers was the least well supported of the eight specific criteria for poverty measurement that we examined.

JEL Classification: D63, I32

Suggested Citation

Amiel, Yoram and Cowell, Frank A., The Measurement of Poverty: An Experimental Questionnaire Investigation. Empirical Economics, Issue 22, 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=75438

Yoram Amiel

Ruppin Academic Center - Department of Economics and Management ( email )

Emek Hefer 40250
Israel

Frank A. Cowell (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD) ( email )

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London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom
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