The case for an expenditure-based poverty line for the newly industrialized east Asian societies
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AbstractIs measuring poverty an exercise in the art of the possible? Could we have a poverty line which captures both the absolute and relative elements of poverty in one measure? This paper argues for the use of a poverty line for measuring poverty in newly industrialized East Asian societies that is expenditure-based. We present a number of arguments for the expenditure poverty measure, an alternative to the prevalent and popular measures-absolute and relative poverty. Special reference is made to the social and economic context in East Asia. The case example of Hong Kong is used to demonstrate that the expenditure-based poverty line is a more reliable and sensitive measure. More importantly, this research offers a tool which determines a strategy for social expenditures in terms of poverty alleviation that is in line with a society's social and economic context.
All Author(s) ListWong CK, Wong H
Journal nameIssues && Studies
Volume Number40
Issue Number2
Pages187 - 205
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsEast Asia; Hong Kong; poverty indicators; poverty line; poverty measure
Web of Science Subject CategoriesArea Studies; AREA STUDIES; Government & Law; International Relations; INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS; Political Science; POLITICAL SCIENCE

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