A paper, by Emma Samman, Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute and Maria Emma Santos, OPHI Research Associate, analyzing data from OPHI’s Missing Dimensions on Chile has been published in the Journal of Poverty and Social Justice.
The paper explores how poverty status and transitions in and out of poverty contributed to life satisfaction in the late 2000s. Using OPHI’s dataset for 2006 and 2009, the authors find that income gains did not appreciably affect the satisfaction of the poor while they remained below the poverty line.
The ‘Missing Dimensions of Poverty’ dataset collected in Chile is the first nationally representative survey to include the five OPHI modules. The data contains indicators of quality of work, empowerment, physical safety, the ability to go without shame and psychological wellbeing – in addition to standard poverty data already collected on income, health, education, housing quality and employment. OPHI has collaborated with Ministerio de Planificación y Cooperación (MIDEPLAN), República de Chile and Centro de Microdatos, Facultad de Economía y Negocios and Universidad de Chile to collect and compile these data.