Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being
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Handbook of Research on Economic and Social Well-Being

Edited by Conchita D’Ambrosio

The past decade has been characterized by a burgeoning interest in new concepts of individual and social well-being. The impetus for this new research has stemmed from increased demand from policy makers and civil society for measures of progress that go beyond the traditional measures of GDP, as well as improved datasets allowing individuals and households to be tracked over their life course. The aim of this Handbook is to chart these developments and provide extensive surveys of many of the recent themes that have emerged in the research literature. Some of the topics addressed include poverty. relative deprivation and satisfaction, economic insecurity, social exclusion and inequality, income and social polarization, and social fractionalization and diversity. Each topic is first analyzed from a theoretical perspective, followed by detailed empirical discussion.
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Chapter 6: Multidimensional poverty and material deprivation: empirical findings

Anne-Catherine Guio

Abstract

It is now widely acknowledged that poverty is more than a lack of sufficient income, and that it needs to be measured as a multidimensional concept. However, despite this broad recognition, there is much divergence in the academic literature on how to measure it. The discussion focuses mainly on the choice of indicators and the dimensions they are related to, as well as on aggregation issues. Discussion on multidimensional poverty is not confined to the academic literature, but has largely penetrated the institutional and policy levels. There are many examples of multidimensional approaches to poverty measurement, which are compiled and disseminated by international institutions to facilitate systematic cross-country comparisons. The chapter provides a selection of a few emblematic examples, with the aim to illustrate the methodological choices behind different approaches.

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