Asset-Based Measurement of Poverty

Andrea Brandolini, Silvia Magri and Timothy M. Smeeding

in Counting the Poor

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860586
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932948 | DOI:

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Asset-Based Measurement of Poverty

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This chapter focuses on how net worth affects households' current economic well-being with the purpose of developing statistical measures to monitor the social situation of a community. The chapter is organized as follows. The first section provides an introduction, before the second section outlines a conceptual framework for including wealth into poverty analysis and reviews the income-net worth and asset-poverty measures. The third section considers in greater detail the application of the income-net worth approach. The fourth section briefly describes the data while the fifth section presents comparative results from applying the two approaches. The final section provides an assessment of these alternative approaches and draws some conclusions.

Keywords: net worth; households; economic well-being; poverty analysis

Chapter.  8955 words.  Illustrated.

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