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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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Asset-Based Measurement of Poverty

Asset-Based Measurement of Poverty

(p.245) 12 Asset-Based Measurement of Poverty
Counting the Poor

Andrea Brandolini

Silvia Magri

Timothy M. Smeeding

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on how net worth affects households' current economic well-being with the purpose of developing statistical measures to monitor the social situation of a community. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section provides an introduction, before the second section outlines a conceptual framework for including wealth into poverty analysis and reviews the income-net worth and asset-poverty measures. The third section considers in greater detail the application of the income-net worth approach. The fourth section briefly describes the data while the fifth section presents comparative results from applying the two approaches. The final section provides an assessment of these alternative approaches and draws some conclusions.

Keywords:   net worth, households, economic well-being, poverty analysis

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