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The persistence of subjective poverty in urban Ethiopia
Göteborgs universitet, institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik.
Göteborgs universitet, institutionen för nationalekonomi med statistik.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Business, Economics and Law.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7206-6568
2014 (English)In: World Development, ISSN 0305-750X, E-ISSN 1873-5991, Vol. 56, no 1, 51-61 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using data spanning 15 years, we study subjective and consumption poverty in urban Ethiopia. Despite rapid economic growth and declining consumption poverty, subjective poverty remains largely unchanged. We find that households with a history of poverty continue to perceive themselves as poor even if their material consumption improves. The relative economic position of households is a strong determinant of subjective poverty. Having some type of employment makes households less likely to perceive themselves as poor, even if they remain in objective poverty. We argue that any analysis to measure the impact of growth on welfare should also encompass subjective measures.

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2014. Vol. 56, no 1, 51-61 p.
Keyword [en]
Africa; Ethiopia; subjective poverty; dynamic probit
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20001DOI: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2013.10.017ISI: 000330496000004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84888096629OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20001DiVA: diva2:655956
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FormasSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2013-10-14 Created: 2013-10-14 Last updated: 2014-02-28Bibliographically approved

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