The Measurement of Poverty: An Experimental Questionnaire Investigation
Posted: 12 May 1998
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
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