Alves, Guillermo, and Mariana Zerpa (2010). "Wellbeing of adolescents living in rural areas in Uruguay" Paper presented at the 7th annual conference of the HDCA, 21-23 September 2010, Amman, Jordan.

There is partial evidence that suggests that adolescents living in rural areas in Uruguay enjoy fewer opportunities than those living in urban areas. In this paper we aim to provide a wellbeing comparison of adolescents living in rural and urban areas in Uruguay. The analytical framework is based on the Capability Approach developed by Sen (1992) and Nussbaum (2001). We follow the methodological recommendations proposed by Robeyns (2003, 2005) for the selection of indicators and we build a multidimensional poverty index following the methodology proposed by Alkire & Foster (2007). In sharp contrast with the conclusions from the country’s official income-based poverty measure, which acknowledges lower poverty levels in rural areas, our results show that youngsters living in rural areas live in much worse conditions than urban ones.