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2 (18) 2012

Demography and social economy, 2012, 2(18):132-141
doi: https://doi.org/10.15407/dse2012.02.132

NICHOLAS T. LONGFORD
SNTL and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain
CATIA NICODEMO
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and IZA Bonn, Germany

SOME ALTERNATIVES TO THE POVERTY GAP FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS
Section: Poverty and social reproduction.
Language: English
Abstract: The mean poverty gap, defined as the countrys average shortfall of the (equivalised) household income with respect to a set threshold, is generally regarded as an important measure of monetary poverty. We show that it is not suitable for international comparisons and propose two related alternatives, one based on the log-transformation of income. The methods are applied to the cross-sectional component of the EU-SILC database from 2007.
Key words: equivalised household income; EU-SILC database; poverty gap; sampling weights.
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