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Poverty, policy and the stateThe changing face of social security$
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Mr Mike O'Brien

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347992

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347992.001.0001

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Defining and measuring inequality and poverty

Defining and measuring inequality and poverty

(p.38) (p.39) Three Defining and measuring inequality and poverty
Poverty, policy and the state

Michael O’Brien

Policy Press

A range of approaches has been used to measure the shape, extent, and distribution of poverty in New Zealand over the last two decades. This chapter reviews these approaches and links them to the international literature on poverty definition and measurement. It looks at recent work on the measurement of living standards, on child poverty, and on the debates on poverty and social exclusion. The chapter looks at the important debates that contribute a solid and useful body of material in their own right while at the same time being important in both policy and academic work.

Keywords:   poverty definition, New Zealand, living standards, child poverty, social exclusion

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