This book deals with the behavioral and welfare analysis of consumption which is based on the estimation of disaggregate consumption parameters and household equivalence scales to performinter-household comparisons. Household equivalence scales are budget deflators required both to measure, compare and aggregate individual welfare, and to identify the households in poverty with greater precision. The book has taken the exploration of the link between comparable welfare levels—or equivalent expenditures corrected by the household equivalence—and other aspects of poverty beyond the goal, stated in the foreword, of demonstrating that allowing for demographic effects would provide a more accurate and more useful definition of poverty (Deaton 1982).
KeywordsEquivalence Scale Poor Household Demand System Fertility Behavior Poor Child
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