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March 1980 - Volume 48 Issue 2 Page 437 - 446


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On a Class of Poverty Measures

Nanak Kakwani

Abstract

This paper provides a generalization of Sen's poverty measure. The generalization is motivated by the failure of Sen's poverty measure to satisfy some transfer-sensitivity axioms proposed in this paper. A numerical method of computing the alternative poverty measures is provided along with an illustration based on the data from the Australian household expenditure survey carried out during 1974.

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