Well-Being and the Conception and Measurement of Poverty

Monday, 11 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal 12 (Juridicum)
RC55 Social Indicators (host committee)

Language: English

The measurement of poverty has received a lot of attention during the last decades and, principally, as a consequence of the MDGs (Millennium Development Goals) initiative. The post-2015 development-goals agenda is likely to keep the abatement of poverty as a priority goal. The measurement of poverty is crucial to assess the degree of achievement in attaining the goals; it is also crucial to provide feedback in the design of different programs. 
It is justified for the measurement of poverty to receive such attention. As expected in the academic world, there is debate on how to measure poverty, and different proposals currently compete in the academic world and in the policy arena. For example, we have: income poverty, assets poverty, human poverty, capabilities poverty, multidimensional poverty (with as many dimensions as experts may incorpórate), subjective poverty, and subjective well-being poverty. 
It is clear that different conceptions of poverty and of well-being do provide support to the alternative measures. However, it seems that measurement has predominated over conception, and that rather than measuring poverty on the basis of its conception it has been customary to conceive poverty on the basis of its measurement. 
The session welcomes papers that address issues related to the measurement of poverty and that further reflect on the relationship among the measurement of poverty, the conception of poverty, and the concept of well-being.
Session Organizer:
Mariano ROJAS, FLACSO-México & UPAEP, Mexico
Robert BIJL, Netherlands Inst Social Research, Netherlands
Explaining Differences Between Income Poverty and Deprivation
Jonas BESTE, Institute of Employment Research, Germany; Mark TRAPPMANN, Institute of Employment Research, Germany
Quality of Life As Outcome of Interlocking Family and Work Trajectories. an Overview of Romanian Households in Precarious Prosperity
Ionela VLASE, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania; Ana Maria PREOTEASA, Research Institute for Quality of Life, Romania
Percepción De La Pobreza: Una Mirada a Su Concepción y Atribuciones Causales En México
Israel BANEGAS, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico; Luis Fabian BONILLA YARZABAL, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
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