The Asset-By-Asset Poverty Index


  • Oliver Mtapuri University of KwaZulu Natal



This article pioneers an asset-by-asset point index, which represents a simple methodology that uses inputs rather than outputs of well-being to recognise the 'poor' on a point basis, household by household. It focuses on assets, which are a significant aspect of well-being in whose absence households may fall into deprivation. The index is well-suited for the production of localised indicators, as it allows disaggregation of data by a rural/urban divide and even at the village/household level, which facilitates area-based interventions. It is an asset-based measure, which will help to identify the poor and the type of help they need; it can thus be used as a monitoring tool at the household and community level. It represents an alternative approach to measuring household poverty.

Author Biography

Oliver Mtapuri, University of KwaZulu Natal

Post doctoral student



How to Cite

Mtapuri, O. (2012). The Asset-By-Asset Poverty Index. Journal of Income Distribution®, 20(3-4).