Accession Number : ADA116872

Title :   Who are the Poor in Malaysia? Sensitivity to Measurement of Income,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Kusnic,Michael W ; DaVanzo,Julie

PDF Url : ADA116872

Report Date : Dec 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 37

Abstract : Income inequality and ethnic differences in income are important political issues in Malaysia. This paper uses 1976-77 data on over 1000 households in Peninsular Malaysia to show that estimates of the extent of income inequality and of the relative incidence of poverty are sensitive to several dimensions of income measurement. For example, when the definition of income is broadened to include nonmarket sources of well-being, inequality falls and the relative position of rural Malays improves. However, standardizing to remove variations in hours of work increases estimates of the proportion of rural Malays who are poor. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Income, Malaysia, Ethnic groups, Inequalities, Determination, Statistical analysis, Standardization

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE