Improving Socioeconomic Opportunities for the Poor: A Study of Poverty Measurement in Romania



This chapter estimates the extent and trend of poverty in Romania during transition, using grouped distributional data and Lorenz curve interpolation. It asks the question: do estimates derived from grouped distributional data differ from those in the literature derived from survey data? It finds that the poverty estimates introduced in this chapter are only broadly in line with the literature for the period 2002–2005 and document a substantial decline in poverty. The estimates for the late 1990s suggest that poverty in Romania fluctuated considerably during this period, which reflects the trend estimated in part of the literature. However, there are significant differences in the size of the estimated measures. This is also the case between estimates found in the literature derived from survey data. The chapter concludes by discussing the broader implications of using grouped distributional data and Lorenz curve interpolation in poverty research in Romania and elsewhere.


Poverty Estimation Grouped data POVCAL Romania 



I would like to acknowledge the invaluable support of Monica Silaghi and Camelia Minoiu during the writing of the thesis on which this contribution is based. Recently, Camelia Minoiu, Christopher Pollitt, and Greg Porumbescu reviewed an earlier draft and provided a number of helpful comments.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Griffiths School of ManagementEmanuel University of OradeaOradeaRomania

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