Mathematical Formulation of Poverty Index: How We Measure Poverty in Different Nations Around the World

Author: Putcha, Chandrasekhar
This is a multidiscipline collection of articles by different authors working in diverse such fields such as: Sociology, Engineering, and Economics etc. Each author listed in this book has a solid research background and has made significant contributions in his/her own filed. Since poverty is of general interest to academicians ( especially those involved in teaching and research) as well as to pure researchers, the book is an optimal blend of various articles joined by the common theme of poverty.

The main point of the book is that, while it can be used by researchers to advance their research topic, it can also be easily understood by a general reader and utilized as a textbook in a classroom model. It is hoped that the readers from various cross sections of the society will find the book interesting and helpful in advancing their understanding of how the poverty index is measured from a global perspective.


“This work has a clear market for academic libraries, college classroom as a text book, and students and educators who have an interest in the topic of poverty. I especially enjoy how scholars from different academic disciplines approach the subject matter of poverty.”
-Professor Scott D. McClurg,
Southern Illinois University

"This volume brings together the work of scholars from several countries and multiple disciplines…this book should inspire students and scholars alike to join in the debates about what poverty is, how we can analyze it, and what might be done about it.”
-Professor Nancy Fitch,
California State University, Fullerton

“The research topics of this book are very essential and promising in the area of sociology The conclusions and recommendations shown in these articles make a contribution to the filed…especially in…poverty management.”
-Professor Uksum Kim,
California State University, Fullerton

Table of Contents

Preface by Nancy Fitch, PhD
Chapter 1 : Kalamogo, Coulibaly and Brian W. Sloboda:
The Examination of Economic Growth of Rwanda and Burundi Using Different Complementary Approaches
I. Background of Burundi and Rwanda
II. Analysis of the Source of Growth
A. Decomposition of the Source of Growth Using the Supply-side Analysis
B. Decomposition of the Source of Growth Using Demand-side Analysis
C. Growth Accounting Analysis of Long-term Growth
D. Empirical Determinants of Growth
III. Possible Policy Implications, growth Prospects and Concluding Remarks
Chapter 2: Dipankar Purkayastha: Les Misérables : A Brief Survey of the Issues Related to Poverty Measurement
Direct Income-Based Measures of Poverty
Consumption-Based Measures of Poverty
Multidimensional Measures of Poverty
Chapter 3: Chandrasekhar Putcha, PhD and Abhishek Tiwari, PhD:
Application of a New Mathematical Poverty Index to predict Food Insecurity, Healthcare Access and infant Mortality in the United States
Introduction and background
Existing Poverty Measures
Measuring Poverty in the United States
Measuring Poverty in Developing Regions
Validation of the proposed measure
Discussion and Conclusion
Chapter 4: Kamala Rana and Siddharth Rana: Poverty in India-The Sponge Factor
Chapter 5: Touorouzou Herve Some, PhD: Understanding Student Resistance to Cost Sharing in a Resource-poor Country: The Case of the University of Ouagadougou
Cost sharing: Definition of the Problem in its Socio-cultural Context
Possible Explanations for Students’ Resistance to Cost Sharing
The Dilemma of Revenue Diversification and the Search for Peaceful Campuses
Student Resistance to Cost Sharing at the University of Ouagadougou
Lessons of Cost Sharing From a Developing Country
Chapter 6: A.K. Sharma, PhD and Rohini Ghosh: Globalization, Urban Contact, poverty and Gender Bias: A study of Sex Determination in a Peri-urban Area of UP with Implications for Measurement of Poverty
Review of Literature
Methods / Study Area
Research Design
Statistical Analysis
Results / Socio-economic and Demographic Characteristics of Respondents
Age of Marriage
Desired Family Size
Reproductive Performance and Child mortality
Sex Determination
Utilization and Health Care
From Weakening of material Poverty to Strengthening of Gender Poverty
Chapter 7: Max J. Skidmore, PhD: The Persistence of Poverty
Chapter 8: Eileen T. Walsh, PhD: Dimensions and Indicators of Poverty in Sociological Studies of Inequality in the United States
Background and Theoretical Models for Poverty Studies
Dimensions of Poverty and Lack of Capital
Findings: Indicators of the Poverty and lack of Capital