Effects of Multidimensional Poverty on Health Indicators in Japan: Income, Time, and Social Relations

  • Wei Wang
  • Kunio UrakawaEmail author


In recent years, many studies have been tackling the measurement of multidimensional poverty, reflecting the diversification and complexity of poverty even in developed countries as well as developing countries. These studies treat on several dimensions of poverty such as education and living environment as well as income, but few of them consider the time dimension. This study attempts to investigate the impact of multidimensional poverty including time poverty on key health indicators (self-rated health (SRH), psychological distress (K6)) in Japan. By using individual data from Japanese Study on Stratification, Health, Income, and Neighborhood (J-SHINE) [2010, 2012], we measured multidimensional poverty index, based on the method of Alkire and Foster (Journal of Public Economics 95:476–487, 2011). We mainly set three dimensions of poverty (income, time, and social relations) and investigated the impact on health statuses, controlling other important variables. Results obtained from the analysis confirmed the practical relevance of multidimensional poverty for predicting health indicators.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Shanghai University of Engineering ScienceShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Kyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

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