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Seebohm Rowntree and the postwar poverty puzzle

Hatton, TJ and Bailey, RE (2000) 'Seebohm Rowntree and the postwar poverty puzzle.' Economic History Review, 53 (3). 517 - 543. ISSN 0013-0117

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In his third social survey of York carried out in 1950, Seebohm Rowntree reported a steep decline since 1936 of the percentage of households in poverty. He attributed the bulk of this decline to government welfare reforms enacted during and after the war. This article re-examines the surviving records from the 1950 survey, using a revised poverty line and looking more closely at the measurement of income. It also re-assesses the impact of welfare reforms on working-class poverty, and finds that poverty in York was significantly higher, and the contribution of welfare reform substantially less, than was originally reported.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 10:37
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 12:15

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