The poverty burden: a measure of the difficulty of ending extreme poverty

Quiggin, John and Mahadevan, Renuka (2015) The poverty burden: a measure of the difficulty of ending extreme poverty. Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy, 20 2: 167-177. doi:10.1080/13547860.2015.1020612

Author Quiggin, John
Mahadevan, Renuka
Title The poverty burden: a measure of the difficulty of ending extreme poverty
Journal name Journal of the Asia Pacific Economy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1354-7860
Publication date 2015-04
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13547860.2015.1020612
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Volume 20
Issue 2
Start page 167
End page 177
Total pages 11
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract The commonly used poverty gap measure is extended to derive and analyse the properties of a poverty burden measure to address the question of whether the elimination of poverty is a feasible objective, given sufficient political commitment. The resources potentially available to address poverty may be measured by the total amount by which the incomes of the non-poor exceed the same poverty line. The ratio of the poverty gap to the resources potentially available is equal to the proportional tax rate on incomes in excess of the poverty line that would be required to fund a transfer sufficient to raise the incomes of all poor people to the poverty line. We refer to this ratio as the ‘poverty burden’ and provide some empirical evidence of what is required to eliminate poverty
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