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Poverty and the Welfare State in Inter-war London

Bailey, RE and Hatton, T (1997) Poverty and the Welfare State in Inter-war London. UNSPECIFIED. CEPR Discussion Papers.

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Abstract

In this paper we re-examine poverty among working class households in inter-war London using the newly computerized records from the New Survey of London Life and Labour (NSLLL), a survey of living standards in London undertaken in 1929-31. First, we examine how the use of different poverty lines affects the number of households found to be in poverty. We then analyse the effects of the inter-war social security system in relieving poverty. Finally, we estimate what difference it would have made to the extent and incidence of poverty if the post-Beveridge social security system had been in place during the inter-war period. Our main conclusions are that the inter-war social security system had played a greater role in averting poverty than it has sometimes been given credit for, even though substantial poverty remained. The post-Beveridge social security system, if applied in the inter-war period, would have reduced poverty still further, but would not have eliminated it.

Item Type: Monograph (UNSPECIFIED)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Interwar Britain; Poverty; Social Security; Welfare State
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2012 11:46
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:09
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3328

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