- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction
- Chapter 1 Why Economics Needs Ethical Theory
- Chapter 2 The Sen System of Social Evaluation
- Chapter 3 The Good Life and the Good Economy<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 4 The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 5 Rights and Interests
- Chapter 6 Elements of a Theory of the Right to Development<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 7 Rational Choice on General Domains<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 8 Some Remarks on the Ranking of Infinite Utility Streams<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 9 Individual Choices in a Non‐Consequentialist Framework<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 10 The Method of Majority Decision and Rationality Conditions<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 11 Convexity and Separability in Representing Consensus
- Chapter 12 Rights, Individual Preferences and Collective Rationality
- Chapter 13 Irrelevant Alternatives
- Chapter 14 Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 15 Dominance Criteria for Critical‐Level Generalized Utilitarianism<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 16 The Measurement of Capabilities<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 17 On Ultrapoverty<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 18 Multidimensional Poverty Orderings<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 19 External Capabilities<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 20 On the Welfarist Rationale for Relative Poverty Lines<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 21 Justice as Fairness and the Capability Approach<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 22 Ungrouping Income Distributions
- Chapter 23 A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income Poverty<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 24 Concepts and Measures of Agency<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 25 Sen's Identities
- Chapter 26 Welfare Economics and Giving for Development<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 27 Equity and Sharing the Cost of a Public Project<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 28 Isolation, Assurance and Rules<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 29 Simple Formulae for Optimal Income Taxation and the Measurement of Inequality<sup>*</sup>
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects
A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income Poverty *
A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income Poverty *
- Chapter:
- (p.435) Chapter 23 A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income Poverty^{*}
- Source:
- Arguments for a Better World: Essays in Honor of Amartya Sen
- Author(s):
S. Subramanian
- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press
The identification problem in the measurement of income poverty is associated with a number of both conceptual and pragmatic difficulties. These difficulties also have implications for the possibility of coherent aggregation. Conceptually sound identification procedures could be hard to implement, while conceptually dubious procedures are misleading. One possible way out of the problem might be to avoid the identification exercise altogether, by resort to a thoroughgoing fuzzy approach to poverty measurement. It can be quite easily shown, as is done in this chapter, that certain well-known ‘exact’ income-based indices of aggregate welfare (including one due to Amartya Sen) can be rationalized as fuzzy poverty measures. Such an approach to poverty measurement is certainly not free of interpretational ambiguity. But it does have simplicity on its side, as well as the fact that extant feasible approaches are also not exempt from conceptual niggles.
Keywords: identification, aggregation, fuzzy membership function, fuzzy poverty measurement, Sen welfare index, fuzzy approach
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- Title Pages
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction
- Chapter 1 Why Economics Needs Ethical Theory
- Chapter 2 The Sen System of Social Evaluation
- Chapter 3 The Good Life and the Good Economy<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 4 The Adaptation Problem, Evolution and Normative Economics<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 5 Rights and Interests
- Chapter 6 Elements of a Theory of the Right to Development<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 7 Rational Choice on General Domains<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 8 Some Remarks on the Ranking of Infinite Utility Streams<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 9 Individual Choices in a Non‐Consequentialist Framework<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 10 The Method of Majority Decision and Rationality Conditions<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 11 Convexity and Separability in Representing Consensus
- Chapter 12 Rights, Individual Preferences and Collective Rationality
- Chapter 13 Irrelevant Alternatives
- Chapter 14 Limited Rights and Social Choice Rules<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 15 Dominance Criteria for Critical‐Level Generalized Utilitarianism<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 16 The Measurement of Capabilities<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 17 On Ultrapoverty<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 18 Multidimensional Poverty Orderings<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 19 External Capabilities<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 20 On the Welfarist Rationale for Relative Poverty Lines<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 21 Justice as Fairness and the Capability Approach<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 22 Ungrouping Income Distributions
- Chapter 23 A Practical Proposal for Simplifying the Measurement of Income Poverty<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 24 Concepts and Measures of Agency<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 25 Sen's Identities
- Chapter 26 Welfare Economics and Giving for Development<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 27 Equity and Sharing the Cost of a Public Project<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 28 Isolation, Assurance and Rules<sup>*</sup>
- Chapter 29 Simple Formulae for Optimal Income Taxation and the Measurement of Inequality<sup>*</sup>
- Index of Names
- Index of Subjects