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On ‘consistent’ poverty

Hick, Rod (2012) On ‘consistent’ poverty. CASEpapers (167). Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

The measurement of poverty as ‘consistent’ poverty offers a solution to one of the primary problems of poverty measurement within Social Policy of the last three decades. Often treated as if they were synonymous, ‘indirect’ measures of poverty, such as low income measures, and ‘direct’ measures, such as indices of material deprivation, identify surprisingly different people as being poor. In response to this mismatch, a team of Irish researchers put forward a measure which identified respondents in as being in poverty when they experienced both a low standard of living, as measured by deprivation indicators, and a lack of resources, as measured by a low income line. Importantly, they argued that the two measures required an equal weight. In this paper, I present a reconsideration of the consistent poverty measure from both conceptual and empirical perspectives. In particular, I examine the claim that low income and material deprivation measures should be given an ‘equal weight’. I argue that, from a conceptual perspective, the nature of the indicators at hand means that a deprivation-led measurement approach might be understood to align with the definition of poverty which Nolan and Whelan outline and, from an empirical perspective, that it is the material deprivation measure – and not the low income measure – which is particularly effective in identifying individuals at risk of multiple forms of deprivation.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/case
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author
Divisions: Social Policy
Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I32 - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2013 11:03
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2019 23:10
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/51285

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