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Title:Calibrating a cross-European poverty line PDF Logo
Authors:Berthoud, Richard
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2012-02
Abstract:How should relative poverty be defined and measured in a European Union where there are substantial variations in income between countries, as well as within countries? This paper uses objective and subjective deprivation indicators to assess the appropriate balance between national and Europe-wide relativities in explaining social exclusion. The analysis suggests that Europe-wide comparisons are more important to the perception of poverty than the convention of national relative poverty lines would have led us to expect. Even relative poverty is more prevalent in the new low-income (eastern) countries than in the old high-income (western) countries. But this is as much a political as an empirical issue.
Subjects:Europe
poverty
social exclusion
deprivation indicators
EU SILC
JEL:I32
D31
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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