Anomalies in European Measures of Poverty and Social Exclusion

Neil Gilbert

in Counting the Poor

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

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

Anomalies in European Measures of Poverty and Social Exclusion

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This chapter questions the usefulness of the measures of material deprivation chosen by the EU as part of their portfolio of social indicators. It argues that although these income-based measures generate social indicators that are concrete, plausible, and convenient to use, they fail to convey the experiential quality of poverty as a condition of life—living hungry, cold, unable to meet normal social expectations, and in dread of what the future holds. They also overlook the possession of other resources and sources of support that can alleviate the conditions of poverty.

Keywords: European Union; material deprivation; social indicators; income-based poverty

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