Comparing Poverty Indicators in an Enlarged EU

Brian Nolan and Christopher T. Whelan

in Poverty and Deprivation in Europe

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588435
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731327 | DOI:
Comparing Poverty Indicators in an Enlarged EU

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This chapter examines the relative merits of different poverty indicators in relation to their capacity to capture variation in poverty across countries and patterns of socio-economic differentiation in who is affected within countries. It is organized as follows. Section 7.2 compares these alternative indicators of poverty and exclusion in terms of variation across welfare regimes and socio-economic profiles, and discusses which are most closely aligned with expectations of how a satisfactory measure would behave. Section 7.3 describes how the alternative measures of poverty and exclusion are constructed, and Section 7.4 sets out the variation they lead to across welfare regimes. Section 7.5 looks at the extent and nature of variation in these measures when one combines welfare regime with principal economic status. Sections 7.6–7.10 look in more detail at each of the indicators in turn and the patterns they produce. Section 7.11 considers the relationship between subjectively experienced economic stress and these poverty measures across welfare regimes, while Section 7.12 concludes.

Keywords: poverty measures; European countries; socio-economic profiles; welfare regimes; exclusion; economic stress

Chapter.  9043 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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