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Publication Date

1-1-2021

Abstract

So far, most of the literature for example, Bokosi (2006), Mukherjee and Benson (2003) etc. has focused on determinants of poverty but they have ignored the fact that consumption differences exist between the poor and the non-poor population in the society. This study therefore, is set out to investigate the poor and the non- poor welfare inequalities in Malawi based on fourth Integrated Household Survey. It has been found that socio-economic and demographic factors do influence household consumption in both the poor and the non- poor. In addition, the B-O decomposition has helped in identifying the differences in the per capita consumption expenditure between the poor and the non-poor and further shows that by adjusting the poor's endowments levels to the endowments of the non-poor, an improvement in the per capita consumption of the poor can be seen.

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