Just another blog!

Dear readers,

This blog is just a brand new blog, linked to the PoRESP project.

What’s PoRESP?

The PoRESP (Poverty Resource Equality and Social Policies) project aims at revisiting the economics of poverty by using recent advances in welfare economics. First, poverty measurement theory will be enriched by taking account of individual preferences over the several dimensions of poverty. New poverty indices will be defined. They will be applied using panel data of material standard of living and subjective satisfaction to study the recent evolution of poverty in developed societies. Second, the ethical value of poverty reduction will be added to theories of social welfare based on equality of opportunities. New evaluation criteria of taxation policies will be derived. These criteria will be applied to the design of fiscal reforms. More information is available at the PoRESP website.

Why a blog?

The blog aims at providing information on scientific events, scientific papers and news on poverty related topics, and at making this information understandable to everyone. Its main goal is to connect research to everyday life by giving an overview of related research activities and by commenting on news with our researcher experience.

Who are we?

A European Research Council Advanced Grant that was awarded to Francois Maniquet in 2010 funds the PoRESP project. ERC Advanced Grants are aimed at promoting ground-breaking, high-risk projects that open new directions in their respective research fields, targeting researchers who have already established themselves as independent research leaders (for more information on ERC Advanced Grants click here).

In the past, François has worked mainly on the theory of social choice and welfare economics, making significant contributions to the research on equality of opportunities and social ordering functions. He was awarded the Francqui Prize in 2010.

PoRESP was launched in October 2011.  The team of researchers dedicated to the project includes today François (principal investigator), Marion (postdoc), Benoît, Claudia and Lancelot (PhD students). We are located at the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, a research institute associated with the Universite catholique de Louvain.

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About PoRESP

The aim of the PoRESP project is to contribute to the theory of poverty measurement by connecting it with other fields of welfare economics, and to better understand how redistributive policies should be designed to decrease poverty.
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