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Measuring Poverty around the World
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Anthony B. Atkinson
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Measuring Poverty around the World

Anthony B. Atkinson


Princeton University Pres

Population & demography;
Central government policies;
Development economics;
Welfare economics


460 pages

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The final book from a towering pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality-a critically important examination of poverty around the world In this, his final book, economist Anthony Atkinson, one of the world's great social scientists and a pioneer in the study of poverty and inequality, offers an inspiring analysis of a central question: What is poverty and how much of it is there around the globe? The persistence of poverty-in rich and poor countries alike-is one of the most serious problems facing humanity. Better measurement of poverty is essential for raising awareness, motivating action, designing good policy, gauging progress, and holding political leaders accountable for meeting targets. To help make this possible, Atkinson provides a critically important examination of how poverty is-and should be-measured.

Bringing together evidence about the nature and extent of poverty across the world and including case studies of sixty countries, Atkinson addresses both financial poverty and other indicators of deprivation. He starts from first principles about the meaning of poverty, translates these into concrete measures, and analyzes the data to which the measures can be applied. Crucially, he integrates international organizations' measurements of poverty with countries' own national analyses.

Atkinson died before he was able to complete the book, but at his request it was edited for publication by two of his colleagues, John Micklewright and Andrea Brandolini. In addition, Francois Bourguignon and Nicholas Stern provide afterwords that address key issues from the unfinished chapters: how poverty relates to growth, inequality, and climate change.

The result is an essential contribution to efforts to alleviate poverty around the world.

By:   Anthony B. Atkinson
Imprint:   Princeton University Pres
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9780691191225
ISBN 10:   0691191220
Pages:   460
Publication Date:   June 2019
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Anthony B. Atkinson (1944 2017) was a Fellow of Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics. His many books include Inequality: What Can Be Done?, Public Economics in Action, Lectures on Public Economics (with Joseph E. Stiglitz) (Princeton), and The Economics of Inequality.

This is an important and much-needed book. While poverty has fallen around the world, it is still far too high. If, like Tony Atkinson, you believe we can and must do better, this is essential reading. --Thomas Piketty, author of Capital in the Twenty-First Century This is a sweeping discussion of poverty, in all its dimensions and across all types of countries. If you want to know more about poverty anywhere in the world, read this book. As always, Atkinson is precise in his thinking, clear in his use of numbers, and wise in his discussion of the moral and political dimensions of poverty. It's a fitting finale to his lifework and reminds us of how much we have lost with his passing. --Rebecca Blank, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Praise for Anthony Atkinson: In many ways [Atkinson is] the father of modern inequality research. --Paul Krugman, New York Times Atkinson is a first-rate economist who long ago mastered the orthodoxy, and so is well-placed to take it to bits. --Tom Clark, The Guardian When [Atkinson] publishes a book, one should pay attention. --Marc Fleurbaey, Science

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