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Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya SenVolume I: Ethics, Welfare, and Measurement$
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Kaushik Basu and Ravi Kanbur

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239115

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239115.001.0001

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Multidimensional Poverty Orderings *

Multidimensional Poverty Orderings *


(p.337) Chapter 18 Multidimensional Poverty Orderings*
Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen

François Bourguignon

Satya R. Chakravarty

Oxford University Press

This chapter generalizes the poverty ordering criteria available for single dimensional income poverty to the case of multidimensional welfare attributes. It discusses a set of properties to be satisfied by multidimensional poverty measures. It then defines general classes of poverty measures based on these properties. Finally, dominance criteria are derived such that a distribution of multidimensional attributes exhibits less poverty than another for all multidimensional poverty indices belonging to a given class. These criteria may be seen as a generalization of the single dimensional poverty-line criterion. However, it turns out that the way this generalization is made depends on whether attributes are complements or substitutes.

Keywords:   poverty measurement, multidimensional poverty ordering, dominance, income poverty, poverty measures

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