Multidimensional Poverty Orderings

François Bourguignon, Satya R. Chakravarty

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This chapter generalizes the poverty ordering criteria available for single dimensional income poverty to the case of multidimensional welfare attributes. It discusses a set of properties to be satisfied by multidimensional poverty measures. It then defines general classes of poverty measures based on these properties. Finally, dominance criteria are derived such that a distribution of multidimensional attributes exhibits less poverty than another for all multidimensional poverty indices belonging to a given class. These criteria may be seen as a generalization of the single dimensional povertyline criterion. However, it turns out that the way this generalization is made depends on whether attributes are complements or substitutes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEthics, Welfare, and Measurement
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191716935
ISBN (Print)9780199239115
StatePublished - May 1 2009


  • Dominance
  • Income poverty
  • Multidimensional poverty ordering
  • Poverty measurement
  • Poverty measures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Economics, Econometrics and Finance


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