From Income Poverty to Multidimensional Quality of Life

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Title: From Income Poverty to Multidimensional Quality of Life
Authors: Whelan, Christopher T.Watson, DorothyMaitre, Bertrand
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Date: 16-Dec-2019
Online since: 2020-08-17T15:49:28Z
Abstract: In this paper we provide an overview of the movement in Ireland from a focus on income poverty to the incorporation of deprivation indicators in a multidimensional approach to the measurement of poverty. We then seek to place this approach, involving a restricted incorporation of deprivation dimensions, in the context of a broader multidimensional approach to the understanding of poverty in Ireland. We proceed to extend our consideration to multidimensional approaches to quality of life which have involved macro and micro approaches to developing aggregate measures that go well beyond the normal concerns of poverty research. In so doing, we will seek to show that while all of these approaches must face key judgements relating to choices of dimensions, thresholds, weighting and aggregation, there is significant variation in the challenges posed in relation to the scale of aggregation, the degree of multidimensionality aspired to and the availability of data sources that match such ambitions. Given these issues, the superiority of a multidimensional approach and of a focus more broadly on quality of life must be demonstrated rather than assumed.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Economic and Social Studies
Journal: The Economic and Social Review
Volume: 50
Issue: 4
Start page: 683
End page: 705
Keywords: PovertyQuality of lifeAdjusted head count ratioMultidimensional indicators
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Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Sociology Research Collection
Geary Institute Research Collection
UCD RePEc Archive Collection

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