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Theoretical and Applied Economics
No. 8 / 2006 (503)

Indicators System for Poverty Measurement

Constantin Anghelache
Alexandru Isaic-Maniu
Constantin Mitrut
Vergil Voineagu
Academia de Studii Economice Bucuresti

Abstract. Poverty represents a life aspect which is focusing the attention of both the macroeconomic analysis and the international comparisons. In order to measure the level being recorded by this phenomenon, there is a system of indicators which are used in order to underline, in a correlated manner, a number of aspects which are characterizing, quality and quantity wise, the evolution of the poverty in a specific country or, to a larger extent, through comparative surveys, at international level. Despite the fact that they are not the only instrument being used within the process of comparison of the stages of social and economic development at the international level, however the poverty indicators are providing a clear significance to the worked out surveys. In fact, the very purpose of the economic activity consists of increasing welfare and, as much as possible, at least reducing, if not eradicating, the poverty. The present work is broadly presenting the methodology as well as, both theoretical and practical, the way of computing the poverty, making a synthesis of the specific used indicators.

Keywords: poverty; welfare; income; system of indicators; comparison.

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