Measuring Poverty in a Multidimensional Perspective: A Review of Literature

PEP Working Paper No. 2005-07

38 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2005 Last revised: 11 Jul 2018

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Sami Bibi

University of Tunis - Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management (ESSEC)

Date Written: November 1, 2005

Abstract

Recent pioneer papers of Sen (1981, 1985, 1992) have emphasized that poverty is a multidimensional issue. Hence, it should be seen in relation to the lack of important basic needs or basic capabilities. This recommendation has motivated many researchers to focus on the way multidimensional aspect of poverty should be measured and aggregated. This survey synthesizes the contribution of the main approaches to measuring poverty in its various dimensions to better understand the theoretical framework and the limitations of each. This should help one choose which approach to adopt based on the circumstances and the constraints of the study to be conducted.

Keywords: Multidimensional Poverty Measures, Robustness Analysis

JEL Classification: D31, D63, I32

Suggested Citation

Bibi, Sami, Measuring Poverty in a Multidimensional Perspective: A Review of Literature (November 1, 2005). PEP Working Paper No. 2005-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=850487 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.850487

Sami Bibi (Contact Author)

University of Tunis - Faculty of Economic Sciences and Management (ESSEC) ( email )

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C.P. 2092 Tunis, El Manar
Tunisia
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