Persistent and consistent poverty in the 1994 and 1995 waves of the European Community Household Panel Survey

R Layte, B Maitre, B Nolan, C T Whelan

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    Abstract

    This paper focuses on the mismatch between income and deprivation measures of poverty. Using the first two waves of the European Community Household Panel Survey, a measure of relative deprivation is constructed and the overlap between the relative income poor and relatively deprived is examined, There is very limited overlap with the lowest relative income threshold. The overlap increases as the income threshold is raised, but it remains true that less than half those below the 60 percent relative income line are among the most deprived. Relative deprivation is shown to be related to the persistence of income poverty, but also to a range of other resource and need factors. Income and deprivation measures each contain information that can profitably be employed to enhance our understanding of poverty and a range of other social phenomena. This is illustrated by the manner in which both income poverty and relative deprivation are associated with self-reported difficulty making ends meet.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)427-449
    Number of pages23
    JournalReview of income and wealth
    Volume47
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics and Econometrics

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