Material Deprivation

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Measures of material deprivation provide a complementary perspective on poverty to that provided by conventional income measures. Material deprivation refers to the inability for individuals or households to afford those consumption goods and activities that are typical in a society at a given point in time, irrespective of people's preferences with respect to these items. Indicators of material deprivation are available through household surveys for several OECD countries, though income‐based measures of poverty are available for more countries.

Document Type: Review Article

Publication date: February 1, 2007

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