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Poverty and Inequality Law
Characteristics of Relative Definition of Poverty

Characteristics of Relative Definition of Poverty

Since poverty is a contested concept there is little agreement on how to measure it. The use of an absolute or relative definition will determine:

"Measuring poverty is an exercise in demarcation lines have to be drawn where none may be visible and they have to be made bold. Where one draws the line is itself a battlefield"
M. Desai (1986) 'Drawing the Line', in P Golding (ed) Excluding the Poor, London, Child Poverty Action Group .

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