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Impacts of Policies on Poverty: The Definition of Poverty

Bellù, Lorenzo Giovanni and Liberati, Paolo (2005): Impacts of Policies on Poverty: The Definition of Poverty. Published in: EASYPol : online resources for policy making www.fao.org/easypol (November 2005): pp. 1-16.

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This module illustrates how poverty can be defined in the context of policy impact analysis. After reporting and discussing the definition of poverty as “the lack of, or the inability to achieve, a socially acceptable standard of living”, it discusses the mono-dimensional and multi-dimensional approaches to the definition of poverty. Furthermore, the module focuses on the absolute and the relative concept of poverty, also drawing some analogies and differences with the concept of food security. A step-by-step procedure, illustrated real case examples, are then provided to guide the reader through the process of poverty definition for policy impact analysis.

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