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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, UK.

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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)
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Additional Information: © 1994 Frank Cowell and Maria-Pia Victoria-Feser
Divisions: STICERD
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods: General > C13 - Estimation
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2020 00:35

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