The mis-measurement of extreme global poverty: a case study in the Pacific Islands

Christopher Deeming, Bina Gubhaju

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Abstract

Debate over the measurement of global poverty in low- and middle-income countries continues unabated. There is considerable controversy surrounding the 'dollar a day' measure used to monitor progress against the Millennium Development Goals. This article shines fresh light on the debate with new empirical analyses of poverty (including child poverty), inequality and deprivation levels in the Pacific island state of Vanuatu. The study focuses not only on economic and monetary metrics and measures, but also the measures of deprivation derived from sociology in relation to shelter, sanitation, water, information, nutrition, health and education. Until recently, there had been few, if any, attempts to study poverty and deprivation disparities among children in this part of the world. Different measures yield strikingly different estimates of poverty. The article, therefore, attempts to situate the study findings in the broader international context of poverty measurement and discusses their implications for future research and the post-2015 development agenda.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689–706
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Sociology
Volume51
Issue number3
Early online date10 Apr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2015

Keywords

  • child welfare
  • development
  • household consumption
  • quantitative analysis
  • research methods
  • social problems
  • social welfare
  • standard of living

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