Do official multidimensional poverty measures in Latin America reflect the priorities of people living in poverty?

Jhonatan Clausen Lizarraga, Silvana Vargas , Nicolas Barrantes

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Abstract

This article analyses the design process of official multidimensional poverty measures in Colombia, Chile, El Salvador and Mexico, and discusses the extent to which such processes have been able to reflect the priorities of people living in poverty. We argue that although these countries have faced limitations in conducting a ”pure participatory-driven” strategy, they have advanced towards measuring poverty in a way that better reflects what disadvantaged people consider to be an impoverished life. We propose guidelines to continue improving the design of official multidimensional poverty measures and make them more open to information on what people value and more sensitive to public reasoning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-34
Number of pages20
JournalEnsayos de Política Económica
Volume2
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Multidimensional poverty, capability approach, social policy, Latin America.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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