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How much low income turnover is there in Belgium?

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  • Philippe Kerm

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Although the requisite data are available, information about low income dynamics in Belgium is in short supply. This article presents new evidence based on the first six waves of a nationally representative panel survey: the Panel Study on Belgian Households (PSBH). The basic figures reported suggest that the degree of low income turnover in Belgium is relatively low. However the picture obtained crucially depends on the poverty threshold considered with the turnover being much higher at the very bottom of the income distribution. Re-entry into poverty turns out to be an important risk, even after several years spent out of poverty. More generally, cross-sections of the population seem to provide a fairly good proxy for those ‘persistently’ poor. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2002

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Volume (Year): 9 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 341-363

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:9:y:2002:i:1:p:341-363

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Keywords: Poverty Dynamics; Panel Data; PSBH; D310; I320;

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  1. Andriopoulou, Eirini & Tsakloglou, Panagiotis, 2011. "The determinants of poverty transitions in Europe and the role of duration dependence," MPRA Paper 30659, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Van Kerm, Philippe, 2004. "Une évaluation économétrique des flux vers et hors de la pauvreté en Belgique," IRISS Working Paper Series, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD 2004-04, IRISS at CEPS/INSTEAD.

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