Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Constructing Poverty Lines in Croatia Using Kakwani’s Model
Issue: Vol. 10, No 1, 2017
Published date: 03-2017 (print) / 03-2017 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Marinko Škare
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula

Romina Pržiklas Družeta
Juraj Dobrila University of Pula
Keywords: poverty line, Kakwani’s method, poverty threshold, Croatia, purchasing power parity
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2017/10-1/15
Index PUBMS: 2d520d0f-0043-11e8-94c4-fa163e5d4f72
Language: English
Pages: 209-221 (13)
JEL classification: I32, P36, P20

This paper presents a new model for defining the poverty line as a possible candidate for the construction of a new official poverty line in Croatia. The model, based on Kakwani’s (2010) approach (nutrition-based anchor), uses consumer theory as the basis for defining food and non-food poverty lines. In Croatia, various alternative poverty indicators have been developed to define the official poverty line. To ensure international comparability and consistency, the poverty threshold expressed in local currency by applying the exchange rate of currencies’ purchasing power (PPP) is expressed in international dollars. It is important to ensure implementation of redistributive policies, maximization of market efficiency, and increased social justice. All this policy goals and instruments heavily depend on efficient and precise poverty measurement methods.


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