Poverty measurement and policy

  • Bob Stephens


The measurement of poverty is a contested academic exercise and a very controversial political issue. There is no single, accepted method of either conceptualising or measuring poverty. Each method of analysis results in identifying a different proportion of the population (as having an inadequate standard of living). This means that for different family, age or ethnic groupings, there may be a greater (or lesser) likelihood of being poor. Inevitably, the determination of who is poor has a major impact on the choice of policy measures to alleviate and ameliorate that poverty.

How to Cite
STEPHENS, Bob. Poverty measurement and policy. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, feb. 2005. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/pq/article/view/4168>. Date accessed: 13 nov. 2019. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v1i1.4168.