Defining and measuring inequality and poverty

Michael O’Brien

in Poverty, policy and the state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347992
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303046 | DOI:
Defining and measuring inequality and poverty

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A range of approaches has been used to measure the shape, extent, and distribution of poverty in New Zealand over the last two decades. This chapter reviews these approaches and links them to the international literature on poverty definition and measurement. It looks at recent work on the measurement of living standards, on child poverty, and on the debates on poverty and social exclusion. The chapter looks at the important debates that contribute a solid and useful body of material in their own right while at the same time being important in both policy and academic work.

Keywords: poverty definition; New Zealand; living standards; child poverty; social exclusion

Chapter.  8521 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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