The European Social Space Revisited: Comparing Poverty in the Enlarged European Union

The European Social Space Revisited: Comparing Poverty in the Enlarged European Union,10.1080/13876980500084394,Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

The European Social Space Revisited: Comparing Poverty in the Enlarged European Union   (Citations: 14)
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The article focuses on apprehending and comparing poverty in the context of the recent enlargement of the European Union. In particular, it discusses how alternative measures of poverty in an enlarged Europe could take into account both income and non-income aspects and the extent to which comparative measures of consistent poverty reflect country-specific versus European-wide thresholds. These measures are analysed and applied to survey data from the former EU-15 and three new EU member states – the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia. The socio-demographic poverty profiles identified in Central Eastern European countries are similar to those of other EU member states, with the exception of a relatively lower relative poverty risk for youth in the new EU countries. On the other hand, unemployment constitutes the strongest risk factor for falling into poverty, be it defined as monetary, non-monetary or consistent poverty, equally in older and new EU countries. The empirical findings indicate important methodological and data requirements and may hence provide a starting point for refining the conceptual and methodological framework for poverty assessment in the enlarged European Union.
Journal: Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice , vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 29-48, 2005
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    • ...Increasing inconsistency in poverty, especially recognisable when monetary poverty and dwelling deprivation are taken into consideration, may be at least partly matched with the results obtained by Förster (2005) for 17 countries of the European Union...

    Adam Szulc. Checking the consistency of poverty in Poland: 1997–2003 evidence

    • ...19Recent examples relating to Britain, New Zealand and the USA include McKay and Collard (2003), Perry (2002) and Short (2005) while Förster (2005) provides an example of a comparative European analysis...


    • ...At European level the necessity to complement country-specific poverty lines with a European-wide threshold has been recently remarked, for instance, by Atkinson et al. [2005], Förster [2005] and Fahey [2006] with the aim of take into account differences between as well as within member states...
    • ...On the basis of similar arguments, the debate on community-wide versus group-specific thresholds has recently received renewed attention at the European level (Atkinson et al, [2005], Förster [2005], Fahey [2006])...
    • ...These results are similar to those discussed, for instance, in Förster (2005) or Atkinson et al (2005)...

    Enrica Chiappero-Martinettiet al. Measuring poverty within and between population subgroups

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