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By Nanak Kakwani

This publication exhibits that poverty is multidimensional and for that reason should be analyzed from a multidisciplinary standpoint, which has to incorporate fiscal, sociological, mental, anthropological, philosophical, felony and evolutionary views. It additionally provides the recent principles on poverty research that experience develop into highly regarded lately - the participatory strategy, the idea that of empowerment, the inspiration of vulnerability and the excellence among continual and brief poverty.

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In order to function, an individual requires a minimum level of well-being brought about by a set of attributes and the standard way to determine whether an individual is above or below the poverty threshold is income. The drawback of the income approach is that some (non-monetary) attributes cannot be purchased because markets do not exist or operate imperfectly so that prices do not reflect the utility weights households assign to these attributes. Income as the sole indicator of well-being is limited as it does not incorporate key dimensions of poverty such as life expectancy (longevity), literacy, the provision of public goods, freedom and security.

However, the existence of a static cross-sectional trade-off between these two attributes does not and should not imply that B can purchase (instantaneously) more education and trade places with A. Clearly over time B can use part of his income to acquire more human capital but in the short run such a trade is hypothetical at best. Trade-offs among other basic needs such as between food and housing are, of course, possible in the short run. A first implication of the above is that different combinations of attributes yielding the same poverty level in the short run can have different impact (influence) on poverty outcomes in the future.

Such a utility function would include the relative weights to be assigned to the various attributes and the individual and joint welfare contributions of the set of attributes. In the income approach the weights are anonymous and given by the market prices. ); (2) the prevalence of imperfect markets and government intervention in much of the developing world results in artificial prices that do not reflect scarcity value; (3) market prices are essentially efficiency prices and do not reflect distributional considerations (the marginal utility of a good satisfying a basic need below the deprivation level could actually rise rather than fall with income).

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