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Chapter 6: Multidimensional poverty and material deprivation: empirical findings
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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