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Title:Nickel and dimed German style: the working poor in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Haisken-DeNew, John P.
Schmidt, Christoph M.
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:Ruhr economic papers 122
Abstract:Using data from the German SOEP, this paper analyses whether there have been (a) any significant changes in poverty rates and poverty intensities before and after the Hartz IV reforms and (b) whether there have been observable changes in the effect of employment in reducing the threat or intensity of poverty. Using multivariate analyses we can find no evidence of increases in poverty rates comparing the time period 2002-2004 with that of 2005-2006. Further we find no change in the effect of employment in reducing the probability and intensity of poverty during this time period. The working poor phenomenon in Germany remains relatively small and statistically unchanged by the Hartz reforms.
Subjects:Income distribution
unemployment
poverty
JEL:D31
J65
J21
ISBN:978-3-86788-136-4
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des RWI
Ruhr Economic Papers, RWI

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