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Osberg, Lars
Xu, Kuan
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LIS Working Paper Series 203
This paper uses estimates of the Sen-Shorrocks-Thon measure of poverty intensity in Canadian provinces, and the 95% confidence interval surrounding such estimates, for 1984, 1989 and 1991-1996 to compare Canadian provinces over time and internationally. Coinciding with more general social assistance support, poverty intensity in Ontario declined in the late 1980s to a level similar to Northern Europe, but since 1994 cuts to social assistance have coincided with a significant rise in poverty intensity. Prince Edward Island has done relatively well in reducing poverty intensity. Nationally, the 1980s were a period of declining poverty intensity, but these gains have been eroded since 1994.
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