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Income Poverty in the EU: What Do We Actually Measure? Empirical Evidence on Choices, Underlying Assumptions and Implications (Based on EU-SILC 2005–2014)

Lelkes, O and Gasior, K (2018) 'Income Poverty in the EU: What Do We Actually Measure? Empirical Evidence on Choices, Underlying Assumptions and Implications (Based on EU-SILC 2005–2014).' In: Carmo, RM and Rio, C and Medgyesi, M, (eds.) Reducing Inequalities: A Challenge for the European Union? Springer International Publishing, 75 - 95. ISBN 978-3-319-65006-7

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Abstract

Social exclusion and poverty highlight one particular aspect of social inequality, focusing on the situation of those who are at the bottom. In this chapter, we focus only on poverty and the specific indicators used for monitoring poverty at the EU level. We highlight the methodological and normative assumptions beyond the ‘lead’ indicator of poverty and show the actual empirical implications of these. What is the significance of the specific poverty threshold chosen? What does it imply for cross-country comparison? We discuss the issue of poverty monitoring over time and make a case for the use of the poverty rate with a threshold ‘anchored in time’, and demonstrate the significance of this choice with country-specific evidence. Our chapter concludes with data on the situation of migrants, indicating that social disparities within a particular country are of specific relevance in the use of this indicator (given its country-specific definition of poverty threshold as such). The analysis is based on EU-SILC data from the years 2005–2014, which provides cross-country comparative data for all EU countries.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2018 14:00
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2018 14:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/21917

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