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Curbing One’s Consumption and the Impoverishment Process: The Case of Western Asia

Research on Economic Inequality

ISBN: 978-1-78714-522-1, eISBN: 978-1-78714-521-4

ISSN: 1049-2585

Publication date: 10 October 2017


This chapter examines the impoverishment process in three South Caucasian states: Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. It uses the concept of ‘order of curtailment’ of consumption expenditures to detect the order of curtailment of expenditures in the Caucasus region. It then suggests computing poverty rates on the basis of a threshold corresponding to the curtailment of a certain number of consumption expenditures categories and compares the poverty rates obtained with those derived from more traditional approaches to the unidimensional measurement of poverty. The empirical illustrations are based on the Caucasus Barometer surveys of 2009 and 2013.




This chapter is an extension of a study that was undertaken for a project of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) entitled ‘Strengthening Knowledge Management in Central and West Asia’. The authors are grateful to ADB for financing this study. They also want to thank Dr. Long Q. Trih for his help in collecting information on economic growth and poverty reduction in the Caucasus.


Deutsch, J., Silber, J. and Wan, G. (2017), "Curbing One’s Consumption and the Impoverishment Process: The Case of Western Asia", Bandyopadhyay, S. (Ed.) Research on Economic Inequality (Research on Economic Inequality, Vol. 25), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 137-159.



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