New Comparative Measures of Income, Material Deprivation, and Well-Being

Timothy M. Smeeding

in Counting the Poor

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

Series: International Policy Exchange Series

New Comparative Measures of Income, Material Deprivation, and Well-Being

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This chapter reviews the research contained in this book. The chapter points to the value of cross-national research efforts in providing the opportunity for those interested in social policy in an individual country to learn that indeed most countries face similar challenges. Although uniform policy responses across countries are unrealistic, the work contained in the volume demonstrates that it is possible to organize the different approaches into conceptual groups that have evolved for the most part independently of each other. Finally, the opportunity that comparative work on social policy now provides for all countries is noted. Whereas each country may have developed its own network of social programs largely on an independent basis, an innovative policy developed in an individual country may resonate with others, leading to more widespread adoption. This opportunity to learn from each other about approaches to common problems is the greatest benefit from comparative research on social policy.

Keywords: social policy; cross-national research; comparative research

Chapter.  5189 words. 

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