CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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Nicaragua: Trend of multidimensional poverty, 2001-2009: José Espinoza-Delgado and Julio López-Laborda

This paper estimates multidimensional poverty in Nicaragua between 2001 and 2009, using data from the three most recent standard of living surveys that are available (2001, 2005 and 2009), and mainly following the methodology proposed by Alkire and Foster (2007 and 2011). For that purpose, 10 dimensions and three weighting systems are used: equal-weightings and two other systems based on the data themselves, one based on the first principal component scores, and the other based on the relative frequencies of dimensional deprivations (both of these systems are new to Nicaragua). Overall, the results show that the incidence, intensity and severity of multidimensional poverty in Nicaragua declined in 2001-2009, and particularly so between 2001 and 2005.

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