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Robustness properties of poverty indices

Cowell, Frank and Victoria-Feser, Maria-Pia (1994) Robustness properties of poverty indices. DARP, 8. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Related Disciplines, London, UK.

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Abstract

Drawing on recent work concerning the statistical robustness of inequality statistics we examine the sensitivity of poverty indices to data contamination using the concept of the influence function. We show that poverty and inequality indices have fundamentally different robustness properties, and demonstrate that an imporrtant commonly used subclass of poverty measures will be robust under data conta m ination. We investigate both the case where the poverty line is exogenenously fixed and where it must be estimated from the data.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1994 Frank Cowell and Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Journal of Economic Literature Classification System: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C13 - Estimation
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 8
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/2158/

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