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Title:The end of destitution PDF Logo
Authors:Gazeley, Ian
Newell, Andrew
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4295
Abstract:The paper presents a statistical generalisation, to working families in the whole of Britain, of Rowntree's finding that absolute poverty declined dramatically in York between 1899 and 1936. We use poverty lines devised by contemporary social investigators and two relatively newly-discovered data sets. We estimate an almost complete elimination of absolute poverty among working households for the whole of the Britain between 1904 and 1937. We offer a number of pieces of corroborative evidence that give support to our findings. We decompose the poverty reduction into the effects of two proximate causes, of roughly equal importance, the decline in family size and the rise of real wages. We conclude with some speculation about the deeper causes of the decline.
Subjects:Poverty
living standards
Britain
demographic change
real wage growth
JEL:N3
O12
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090824230
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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