Income Indicators for the EU’s Social Inclusion Strategy

Isabelle Maquet and David Stanton

in Counting the Poor

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199860586
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932948 | DOI:

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Income Indicators for the EU’s Social Inclusion Strategy

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This chapter focuses on the income indicators used in the social inclusion strategy used by the European Union (EU). It considers the strength of the way in which we measure poverty and make use of the portfolio of agreed indicators, and looks at other supplementary ways of understanding the differences in the number of people living on low incomes. It concludes that the adoption and use of income indicators together with the successful launch of a comparable database across the EU-27 and beyond to Turkey, Iceland, Switzerland, and Norway is a major achievement. Although a newly adopted indicator of material deprivation reflects better the geography of poverty across Europe, the at-risk-of-poverty rate relating to the national median income remains the most pertinent indicator to monitor the overall impact of social policies that are conducted at the national level, such as redistribution and employment policies. Investing further in the development of sound analytical frameworks is crucial to ensure that the EU indicators are used in policy making.

Keywords: European Union; income indicators; social inclusion; poverty measurement; low incomes

Chapter.  7034 words.  Illustrated.

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