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Type Journal Article - World Development
Title Identifying the poor in developing countries: Do different definitions matter?
Volume 18
Issue 6
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 1990
Page numbers 803 -
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VC6-45DHTXD-4H/2/77b7782f49fecaca5af4f27b63d03b1b
This paper compares several commonly used definitions of poverty. Household survey data from Côte d'Ivoire are examined to see whether different definitions choose the same people as poor. We find that they often do not choose the same people, even though we, a priori, set all the definitions so that 30% of the population is classified as poor. This implies that different definitions of poverty may lead to different policy recommendations, which suggests that more attention should be given to the choice of a particular definition of poverty when analyzing the effects of economic policies on the poor.

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