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All set up!

May 19, 2008

 

After having become familiar with WordPress, my blog is now all set up. At the moment, there are three pages that you can access. There’s some general info about this blog and its intended purpose, information about the project work I did (and do) and my research. If you are looking for more information but are not able to find, let me know!

These posts are meant to give a more up-to-date idea of my work so let me tell you what I am busy with at the moment. Currently, I am mainly working on a report for UNICEF Vietnam to finalize our child poverty project. The majority of the theoretical and conceptual work is done but I am now focused on the empirics and a so-called poverty analysis. We are trying to capture the size of child poverty but also its characteristics. What kind of children suffer most and do children in specific situations have a great risk of being poor? These are questions to be answered…

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2008 6:47 am

    Can we do a poverty analysis without a wealth analysis? Is not the post-modern state of over consumption build on forced underconsumption? I look forward to reading more…

  2. keetie permalink*
    May 30, 2008 9:32 am

    Thanks for the comment! And you touch upon a very relevant issue that I think a lot of people involved in poverty measurement are struggling with.

    Especially with respect to children it’s worthwile to consider a poverty analysis without necessarily looking at wealth. Wealth (income, assets etc.) is accumulated by the parents and there is no guarantee that this is also used in the best interest of children. So far, our interest has mainly been to consider actual outcomes for children. Do they go to school, can they read and write? Are they immunized, do they have enough time to play and are they safe of violence and crime? Unfortunately it’s difficult to find information about these issues on a large scale. As monetary measures are still the predominant way of estimating poverty, data on people’s income and wealth is much more widely available. But there should be ways around that!

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