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One Size Fits All? The Validity of a Composite Poverty Index Across Urban and Rural Households in South Africa

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Composite indices have been prominently used in poverty research. However, validity of these indices remains subject to debate. This paper examines the validity of a common type of composite poverty indices using data from a cross-sectional survey of 2477 households in urban and rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Multiple-group comparisons in structural equation modelling were employed for testing differences in the measurement model across urban and rural groups. The analysis revealed substa...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1007/s11205-016-1540-x

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University of Oxford
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SSD
Department:
Social Policy & Intervention
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University of Oxford
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Wolfson College
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HealthEconomics
HIV/AIDSResearchDivisionGrantR14304/AA002
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Publisher:
Springer Verlag Publisher's website
Journal:
Social Indicators Research Journal website
Publication date:
2016-12-27
Acceptance date:
2016-12-19
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1573-0921
ISSN:
0303-8300
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667766
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2017-01-17

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