SANTOS Maria Emma
Refining the Basic Needs Approach: A Multidimensional Analysis of Poverty in Latin America
SANTOS, MARIA EMMA; LUGO, MARIA ANA; LOPEZ-CALVA, LUIS FELIPE; CRUCES, GUILLERMO; BATTISTON, DIEGO
Research on Economic Inequality
Lugar: Bingley; Año: 2010 vol. 18 p. 1 - 1
Latin America has a longstanding tradition in multidimensional poverty measurement through the Unsatisfied Basic Needs Approach (UBN). However, the method has been criticized on several grounds, including the selection of indicators, the implicit weighting scheme and the aggregation methodology, among others. The estimates by the UBN approach have traditionally been complemented (or replaced) with income poverty estimates. Under the premise that poverty is inherently multidimensional, in this paper we propose three methodological refinements to the UBN approach. Using the proposed methodology we provide a set of comparable poverty estimates for six Latin American countries between 1992 and 2006.