Variable Population Poverty Comparisons
Variable Populations, Fixed Populations, Replication Invariance, Population Focus, Income Focus, Impossibility Result
This paper demonstrates that the property of Replication Invariance, generally considered to be an innocuous requirement for the extension of fixed-population poverty comparisons to variable-population contexts, is incompatible with other plausible variable- and fixed-population axioms. This fact raises questions about what constitutes an appropriate headcount assessment of poverty, in terms of whether one should focus on the proportion, or the absolute numbers, of the population in poverty. This observation, in turn, has importa
Hassoun, N. (2014). An Aspect of Variable Population Poverty Comparisons: Does Adding a Rich Person to a Population Reduce Poverty?. Economics and Philosophy, 30(2), 163.
Hassoun, Nicole and Subramanian, S., "Variable Population Poverty Comparisons" (2014). Philosophy Faculty Scholarship. 17.