A New Approach to the Direct Measurement of Consensual Poverty Hallerod, Bjorn en_US 2021-11-25T12:33:33Z 2021-11-25T12:33:33Z 1994 en_US
dc.description.abstract The direct consensual method of poverty measurement developed by Mack and Lansley (1985) in their study Poor Britain has been one of the most important contributions to modern poverty research. There are nevertheless several problems with Mack and Lansley's methodology, a number of which are discussed in this paper. An alternative method for measuring direct consensual poverty is proposed and it is argued that the method improves on the approach of Mack and Lansley in the following ways: it is less sensitive to the coverage of the initial list of consumption items on which the direct consensual measurement of poverty is based; it avoids some of the arbitrary decisions made by Mack and Lansley; it increases the sensitivity between the measurement of poverty and the preferences revealed by public opinion; and, at the same time, it decreases the sensitivity to particular individuals' preferences. An empirical comparison of Mack and Lansley's original approach and the proposed alternative method is conducted using a Swedish data set from 1992. This shows that both methods, apart from some minor differences, generate a high degree of consistency in the results. One important conclusion is therefore that Mack and Lansley's approach appears to produce robust and reliable results. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733409520 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Consensual poverty. en_US
dc.subject.other Poverty. en_US
dc.subject.other Poverty measurement. en_US
dc.subject.other Poor Britain. en_US
dc.subject.other Sociology. en_US
dc.title A New Approach to the Direct Measurement of Consensual Poverty en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 50 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Hallerod, Bjorn, Department of Sociology, University of Umea en_US
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