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Counting the PoorNew Thinking About European Poverty Measures and Lessons for the United States$
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Douglas J. Besharov and Kenneth A. Couch

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199860586

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860586.001.0001

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The OECD Approach to Measuring Income Distribution and Poverty

The OECD Approach to Measuring Income Distribution and Poverty

(p.27) 2 The OECD Approach to Measuring Income Distribution and Poverty
Counting the Poor

Michael F. Förster

Marco Mira D’Ercole

Oxford University Press

Inequalities and poverty matter in both poor and rich countries. Whereas inequality and poverty manifest themselves in a variety of dimensions, income is one of the most evident manifestations, and the one that better lends itself to periodic comparisons across countries and over time. Most people in OECD countries do care about income inequalities and are capable of articulating judgments on the shape of the income distribution. This chapter details the OECD's methods. The first section describes the history of research in the OECD into income distribution and poverty dating back to the mid-1970s. It also discusses some of the methodological and conceptual choices that have been made to construct more comparable indicators. The second section reviews some of the main findings from Growing Unequal?, the latest OECD study. The third section considers the limits of the OECD approach and describes some of the steps that have, or could, be undertaken to overcome those.

Keywords:   OECD, income inequality, poverty, income distribution

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