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Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888390625

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888390625.001.0001

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What Is Wrong with the Poverty Line

What Is Wrong with the Poverty Line

(p.51) 6 What Is Wrong with the Poverty Line
Fixing Inequality in Hong Kong

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Using household income to measure income inequality and define poverty has many flaws. Comparing individuals and households of the same age cohort is far more likely to be meaningful, because it is comparing households with their peers who are at the same stage of their life cycle, have grown up in the same era, and have the same vintage of schooling. Age is the better choice for anchoring the poverty line, not household size.

Keywords:   Poverty line, Household, Schooling, Income, Population, Elderly, Family

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