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A subgroup decomposition of inequality of poverty in Cameroon

BILOA ESSIMI Jean Aristide, BEJA and CHAMENI NEMBUA Célestin, CNC and MIAMO WENDJI Clovis, MWC (2012): A subgroup decomposition of inequality of poverty in Cameroon.

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Abstract

This paper studies multi-dimensional aspects of deprivation associated to the living conditions and inequality status in Cameroon. The study employs the fuzzy-set framework to analyze deprivation and inequalities through Dagum sub group decomposition. Results in deprivation analysis and inequalities related reveal some new insights about the poverty situation in the country, which contrasts with the results available from traditional poverty analysis. We observe respectively, high deprivation degrees for household ‘essential’ items such as health, education and housing and a small Gini index for inequalities of deprivation. Decomposition by group reveals that within groups inequalities are as important as the between groups.

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