Econometrica: Mar 1980, Volume 48, Issue 2

On a Class of Poverty Measures

https://doi.org/0012-9682(198003)48:2<437:OACOPM>2.0.CO;2-H
p. 437-446

Nanak Kakwani

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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