Social Indicators of Poverty Quiz

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What are the traditional indicators used to relate to poverty?

Levels of income and consumption

Which social indicators are now being used to measure poverty?

Lack of job opportunities and access to safe drinking water

What is an example of a non-traditional indicator used to measure poverty?

Illiteracy level

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Traditional Indicators of Poverty

  • Income or consumption expenditure per capita is a traditional indicator of poverty, where individuals or households with income/expenditure below a certain threshold are considered poor.
  • Poverty lines, such as the World Bank's $1.90/day or $3.20/day, are used to define poverty thresholds.

New Social Indicators of Poverty

  • Multidimensional poverty indices (MPIs) are now being used to measure poverty, which consider multiple deprivations in health, education, and living standards.
  • The Human Poverty Index (HPI) is an example of a social indicator that measures poverty by considering factors like life expectancy, adult literacy, and poverty.

Non-Traditional Indicators of Poverty

  • An example of a non-traditional indicator is the lack of access to electricity, which can be a proxy for poverty as it is often a luxury that only non-poor households can afford.
  • Another example is the number of hours spent collecting water, which can be an indicator of poverty as it is often a time-consuming task that prevents individuals from engaging in more productive activities.

Test your knowledge of social indicators of poverty with this quiz. Explore indicators such as illiteracy, malnutrition, access to healthcare, job opportunities, safe drinking water, and sanitation. See how these factors contribute to the understanding of poverty from a social perspective.

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