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This book takes a multidisciplinary approach to poverty, including five different perspectives from the disciplines of economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and institutional economics. The book also explores the link between poverty and the concept of freedom, as articulated by Amartya Sen, in terms of capabilities that are valuable to people. There are also studies of chronicity of poverty, the concept of vulnerability, the political economy of poverty alleviation and the pro-poorness of government programs.
The book presents a panorama, as large as possible, of the many facets of poverty. The broad view of poverty that the book offers is likely to orient research on poverty in directions neglected hitherto and to help those in charge of implementing poverty reduction policies.


Description

This book takes a multidisciplinary approach to poverty, including five different perspectives from the disciplines of economics, sociology, anthropology, psychology and institutional economics. The book also explores the link between poverty and the concept of freedom, as articulated by Amartya Sen, in terms of capabilities that are valuable to people. There are also studies of chronicity of poverty, the concept of vulnerability, the political economy of poverty alleviation and the pro-poorness of government programs.
The book presents a panorama, as large as possible, of the many facets of poverty. The broad view of poverty that the book offers is likely to orient research on poverty in directions neglected hitherto and to help those in charge of implementing poverty reduction policies.


Contents

Preface; N.Kakwani
Foreword; N.Lustig
Introduction: The Many Dimensions of Poverty; N.Kakwani & J.Silber
PART ONE: DIFFERENT DISCIPLINES, DIVERSE PERCEPTIONS
Multidimensional Poverty: Conceptual and Measurement Issues; E.Thorbecke
Measuring Poverty: The Case for a Sociological Approach; D.B.Grusky & K.A.Weeden
Poverty Counts: Living with Poverty and Poverty Measures; S.Berry
The Multidimensionality of Poverty: An Institutionalist Perspective; A.Sindzingre
The Subjective Dimension of Poverty: A Psychological Viewpoint; J.Palomar Lever
PART II: ON POVERTY AND FREEDOM
The Capability Approach: Mapping Measurement Issues and Choosing Dimensions; S.Alkire
On the Concept and Measurement of Empowerment; R.Alsop
Participation, Pluralism and Perceptions of Poverty; R.Chambers
A Human Rights Based Approach to Poverty; L.J.van Rensburg
PART III: EXTENDING THE CONCEPT OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY
Indentifying and Measuring Chronic Poverty: Beyond Monetary Measures?; D.Hulme & A.McKay
Risk and Vulnerability to Poverty; C.Calvo & S.Dercon
PART IV: CRITICAL POLICY ISSUES
On the Political Economy of Poverty Alleviation; M.C.Neri & M.C.Xerez
On Assessing the Pro-Poorness of Government Programmes: International Comparisons; N.Kakwani & H.H.Son


Authors

NANAK KAKWANI is currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of Sydney, Australia. He was the Principal Researcher (January 2005-November 2006) and Director/Chief Economist (January 2003-January 2006) at the UNDP's International Poverty Centre, Brazil. Before joining IPC, he had been Professor for 30 years at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research areas include poverty, inequality, pro-poor growth, taxation, public policies and human development (MDG). He has published more than 100 articles in international journals and two books. He was elected as Fellow of the Australian Research Committee of Social Science. He was also awarded the Mahalanobis gold medal for outstanding contribution in quantitative economics. He is on the advisory board of the Journal of Economic Inequality. He has been Visiting Professor at many universities and Consultant to the World Bank, UNDP and the Asian Development Bank.

JACQUES SILBER is Professor of Economics at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. He holds a PhD (1975) from the University of Chicago. He was Visiting Professor in various universities in Europe and the US. He is the Editor of a Handbook on Income Inequality Measurement and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality. He has published more than 80 articles in international economic journals.