Journal Article

Changing patterns of UK poverty, 1997–2004

A. Angeriz and S. P. Chakravarty

in Cambridge Journal of Economics

Published on behalf of Cambridge Political Economy Society

Volume 31, issue 6, pages 995-1006
Published in print November 2007 | ISSN: 0309-166X
Published online September 2007 | e-ISSN: 1464-3545 | DOI:
Changing patterns of UK poverty, 1997–2004

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It has been noted that the failure to meet the target set by the government for reducing the head count ratio of child poverty in Britain is partly due to the success of government policy in generating economic growth. Apart from ignoring the argument that absolute poverty is not a meaningful idea, this apology for the failure of government to meet poverty targets also misses wider problems embedded in recent trends in the household income distribution. For example, inequality measures sensitive to the distribution of income amongst the poor suggest that the experience of those who remained poor may have worsened.

Keywords: Poverty trends; Poverty indices; TIP curves; FGT index; D31; I32; I38

Journal Article.  4411 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Welfare and Poverty ; Microeconomics

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