Conference: Poverty and the Family

We are pleased to inform you  of the PoRESP Conference on the theme of Poverty and the Family. It will he held at Hotel Le Méridien, Brussels on December 5-6, 2013.

Poverty economics, and poverty measurement in particular, assumes that the well-being is evenly shared within households. This is consistent with the typical modelling of families as individual decision makers. In the last two decades, however, evidence has made it clear that families are composed of different decision makers having possibly conflicting interests. This is why collective household models have been proposed and estimated. They offer explanations of why resources are likely to be unequally distributed within the household. Therefore, they shed a new light on the measurement of poverty.

The conference will gather researchers active in developing or using collective household models, with an emphasis on the application of those models to the study of poor households.

The list of speakers currently includes Jean-Marie Baland (Université de Namur), Claude d’Aspremont (Université catholique de Louvain), Thomas Demuynck (Maastricht University), Mery Ferrando (Université catholique de Louvain), Marion Leturcq (Université  catholique de Louvain), Arthur Lewbel (Boston College), Jeremy Lise (University College London), François Maniquet (Université catholique de Louvain), Krishna Pendakur (Simon Fraser University), Frederic Vermeulen (KU Leuven), Roberta Ziparo (Université de Namur) and Valérie Lechene (University College London).

For more information, please click on the following link:

We would be happy to welcome you to this event.

Please note that attendance is free but registration is mandatory. If you want to register, please send an email to before November 8.

Organizers:  Bram de Rock (ULB and ECARES), Marion Leturcq (UCL and CORE), François Maniquet (UCL and CORE) and William Parienté (UCL and IRES)


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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