n Studies in Economics and Econometrics - A multi-dimensional measure of poverty using the totally fuzzy and relative approach

Volume 29, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0379-6205


Totally Fuzzy and Relative (TFR) approach is an effective tool to overcome the limitations of the traditional methods of measuring poverty. In this paper, a set of composite indicators are derived to analyse the different dimensions of poverty and determine the relative deprivation, degree of social exclusion and the inability for a household to achieve a living standard of the province in which it belongs. An uni-dimensional poverty ratio is calculated for each indicator and finally a multi-dimensional poverty ratio is calculated for each province allowing a comparison among provinces in the Republic of South Africa using the results from the 1996 census and 2001 census.

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