Chapter 1 Refining the basic needs approach: A multidimensional analysis of poverty in Latin America

Studies in Applied Welfare Analysis: Papers from the Third ECINEQ Meeting

ISBN: 978-0-85724-145-0, eISBN: 978-0-85724-146-7

ISSN: 1049-2585

Publication date: 26 August 2010

Abstract

Latin America has a longstanding tradition in multidimensional poverty measurement through the unsatisfied basic needs (UBN) approach. However, the method has been criticized on several grounds, including the selection of indicators, the implicit weighting scheme and the aggregation methodology, among others. The estimates by the UBN approach have traditionally been complemented (or replaced) with income poverty estimates. Under the premise that poverty is inherently multidimensional, in this chapter we propose three methodological refinements to the UBN approach. Using the proposed methodology we provide a set of comparable poverty estimates for six Latin American countries between 1992 and 2006.

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Emma Santos, M., Ana Lugo, M., Felipe López-Calva, L., Cruces, G. and Battistón, D. (2010), "Chapter 1 Refining the basic needs approach: A multidimensional analysis of poverty in Latin America", Bishop, J. (Ed.) Studies in Applied Welfare Analysis: Papers from the Third ECINEQ Meeting (Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 18), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1049-2585(2010)0000018004

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