Measuring consistent poverty in Ireland with EU SILC data

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Title: Measuring consistent poverty in Ireland with EU SILC data
Authors: Whelan, Christopher T.
Nolan, Brian
Maitre, Bertrand
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Date: May-2006
Online since: 2009-04-07T13:49:16Z
Abstract: In this paper we seek to make use of the newly available Irish component of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) in order to develop a measure of consistent poverty that overcomes some of the difficulties associated with the original indicators employed as targets in the Irish National Anti-Poverty Strategy. Our analysis leads us to propose a set of economic strain indicators that cover a broader range than the original basic deprivation set. The accumulated evidence supports the view that a revised consistent poverty measure that combines a threshold of two or more economic strain items with income poverty at seventy per cent of median income, identifies those exposed to generalised deprivation arising from lack of resources in a manner consistent with their use as targets in the National Anti-Poverty Strategy. The consistently poor differ from others not only in relation to income poverty and economic strain but also in terms of exposure to a range of life-style deprivations and subjective economic pressures.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: Economic and Social Research Institute
Series/Report no.: ESRI Working Papers; No. 165
Copyright (published version): Economic and Social Research Institute 2006
Keywords: Consistent povertyEconomic strainDeprivationMultidimensionalDirect measurementReliability
Subject LCSH: Poverty--Research--Ireland
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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