CES - Disccussion paper series, DPS13.10 pages:1-27
The ethical view of prioritarianism holds the following: if an extra bundle of attributes is to be allocated to either of two individuals, then priority should be given to the worse off among the two. We consider multidimensional poverty comparisons with cardinal and ordinal attributes and propose three axioms that operationalize the prioritarian view. Each priority axiom, in combination with a handful of standard properties, characterizes a class of poverty measures. We provide an empirical application to European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions data. For this application, we develop a unanimity criterion within the setting of a single cardinal attribute (income) augmented by several binary ordinal attributes.