A new approach to poverty measurements for Turkey presented

Mar 1, 2014

A two-dimensional measure was proposed for poverty measurements in Turkey which takes into account time deficits in household production, in a joint workshop in Ankara.

New Horizons - The “New Approaches to Poverty Measurement of Turkey” workshop organized on 20 February by Economics Department of the Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University in cooperation with Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and UNDP in Turkey.

Final report of a research project on the new approaches to poverty measures in Turkey was shared during the workshop with researchers, experts, academics and students who studies on poverty reduction.

The research project was prepared in partnership of Ankara University, Levy Institute and UNDP in Turkey.

Measure of time and consumption poverty

The report drew on the Levy Institute’s Measure of Time and Consumption Poverty (LIMTCP).

The LIMTCP underlined that time deficits in household production should not be ignored in order not to undercount the poor by a large margin.

According to the report’s estimates for 2006, the LIMTCP poverty rate of individuals was 10 percentage points higher than the official rate (30 percent) in Turkey.

Time poverty among women twice as much than men

The study also showed that even in societies where women participate in social and economic life relatively equally, they still face other challenges such as time poverty that decreases their quality of life.

Among full-time workers, the time poverty rate of women was nearly twice that of men (70 percent versus 37 percent), and among part-time workers it was more than nine times as high (37 percent versus 4 percent).

After the introduction of the report three panels were held where topics like multi dimensional poverty measurements and necessary policies for combating poverty in light of the new measurements were discussed.