(RE)counting the poor in Peru: A multidimensional approach

Juan F. Castro, Jessica Baca, Juan P. Ocampo

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Peruvian monetary poverty declined by 12 percentage points in only four years. Based on the Alkire-Foster multidimensional headcount, we build a simple comparative framework to measure the tension between this result and a broader indicator of deprivation. We select six dimensions and apply this framework to Peruvian data for 2004 and 2008. The results indicate that if we rely only on monetary standards, there is an increased risk of classifying as non-poor individuals who still suffer significant deprivation. Deprivations are similar across regions and are largely related to the lack of adequate water and sanitation services. This last result reveals an opportunity to focalize public investment efforts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-65
Number of pages29
JournalLatin American Journal of Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Monetary poverty
  • Multidimensional poverty
  • Peru


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