UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Inter-country Comparisons of Poverty Based on a Capability Approach: An Empirical Exercise

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AUTHOR Sanjay Reddy, Sujata Visaria and Muhammad Asali
ORGANIZATION International Poverty Centre
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2006
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities
LANGUAGE English
ABSTRACT

This paper argues that inter-country comparisons of income poverty based on poverty lines uniformly reflecting the costs of the basic requirements of human beings are superior to the existing money-metric approaches. In this exercise, a uniform approach to poverty assessment based on basic human capabilities is applied for three countries: Nicaragua, Tanzania and Vietnam. Meaningful and coherent inter-country poverty comparisons can be advanced through international coordination in survey design and in the construction of income poverty lines that uniformly reflect the costs of the basic requirements of human beings. 

 


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