New paper on multidimensional and monetary poverty in Peru

A new paper on poverty in Peru compares changes in income poverty and multidimensional deprivation over time using a new six-dimension multidimensional measure. The authors conclude that using monetary measures in isolation increases the risk of classifying individuals who suffer significant deprivations as non-poor.

The article by Juan F. Castro, Jessica Baca and Juan P. Ocampo uses a new measure, constructed using the Alkire Foster method for multidimensional measurement, to examine changes in poverty between 2004 and 2008. Lack of adequate water and sanitation services emerge as areas of persistent deprivation, providing an opportunity to focus public investment efforts, the authors conclude. Read ‘(Re)counting the Poor in Peru: A Multidimensional Approach’.