Poverty in Ireland in Comparative European Perspective

Christopher T. Whelan, Bertrand Maitre

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    In this paper we seek to put Irish poverty rates in a comparative European context. We do so in a context whereby the Irish economic boom and EU enlargement have led to increasing reservations being expressed regarding rates deriving from the EU 'at risk of poverty' indicator. Our comparative analysis reports findings for both overall levels of poverty and variation by household reference person characteristics for this indicator and a consistent poverty measure for Ireland, the UK and five smaller European countries spanning a range of welfare regimes. Our findings demonstrate that the distinctiveness of Ireland's situation lies not in the overall levels of poverty per se but in the very high penalties associated with being in a household where the household reference person is a lone parent or excluded from the labour market.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-110
    Number of pages20
    JournalSocial Indicators Research
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences
    • Sociology and Political Science


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