Using low income and material deprivation to monitor poverty reduction
Geranda Notten and Michael Mendelson,
Poverty measures commonly used in Canada set a dollar amount – a poverty
line – below which a household is said to be in poverty. In Europe, 'material
deprivation' is used to complement the dollar yardstick as another way of
measuring poverty. A material
deprivation indicator focuses on the outcomes of not having enough financial
resources – namely, being unable to afford typical necessities. This paper explains why Ottawa should develop
a material deprivation index as a complementary indicator with which to monitor
progress on poverty reduction.
ISBN - 1-55382-675-2
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