Social Indicators Research

, Volume 141, Issue 3, pp 1107–1136 | Cite as

Beyond Monetary Poverty Analysis: The Dynamics of Multidimensional Child Poverty in Developing Countries

  • Hoolda KimEmail author


This study investigates transitions in monetary and multidimensional poverty using the 2006 and 2009 Young Lives surveys in Ethiopia, India, Peru, and Vietnam. While the headcount ratio in both measures of poverty decreases over time, there is only a small overlap between the groups in monetary and multidimensional poverty in either or both waves. Children remaining in monetary poverty are more likely to stay in multidimensional poverty. However, children escaping from monetary poverty do not always exit from multidimensional poverty. The results suggest the need to go beyond traditional monetary poverty indicators to understand and monitor poverty dynamics among children.


Child Poverty Poverty dynamics Multidimensional poverty Monetary poverty Developing countries Ethiopia India Peru Vietnam 



I would like to acknowledge Dr. Sophie Mitra at Fordham University for her invaluable contribution to the manuscript. I also thank Dr. Subha Mani and Dr. Andrew Simons at Fordham University, Dr. Ana Vaz at Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, and two anonymous reviewers who made insightful comments on the earlier drafts of this study.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  1. 1.School of BusinessBlack Hills State UniversitySpearfishUSA

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