Engineering Approach to Poverty Index

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Poverty has been an age old problem. While the ultimate aim is to erdicate poverty, it can never be achieved in practice. On the other hand, reducation of poverty is an achievable goal. For this, a clear defnition of poverty index is imprtant. This will be done using an engineering approach by using a safety index for poverty. Finally,a simple functional relation will be developed between poverty index(p), economic level (e) and family size (f)as part of this research paper. This functional relation is a better representaive of the poverty index than the human poverty index developed by United Nations for developing countries. The model suggested by United Nations includes factors such as, probability at birth of not surviving to age 40 (times 100), adult iliteracy rate, unweighted average of poulation without sustainable access to an improved water source and children under weight for age. On the other hand, the model proposed in this study is a simpler aand realistic midel than the one hitherto in use.


Keywords: Poverty, Economic Level, Family Size
Stream: Sociology, Geography
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Chandrasekhar Putcha

Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, California State University
Fullerton, CA, USA

DR. Chandra Putcha is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at California State University, Fullerton, CA in USA. He has been there for the last 26 years. DR. Putcha's main research areas of interest are Reliability, Risk Analysis and Optimization. He has applied these principles to various branches of Engineering, medical field and the field of Psychology. He has piblished more than 100 research papers in refereed Journals and conferences. DR. Putcha is also a consultant for local companies like Boeing, Northrop Grumman corporation in the area of Reliability and Risk Analysis.

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