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Trends in consumption-based poverty and inequality in the European Union during the 1980s

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  • Klaas de Vos

    ()
    (CentER Applied Research and CentER, Tilburg University, P.O. Box 90153, 5000 LE Tilburg, The Netherlands)

  • M. Asghar Zaidi

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    (St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, OX2 6JF Oxford, England)

Abstract

Most recent studies on poverty and inequality in developed countries focus on income. In contrast, this paper presents trends in consumption-based poverty and inequality in nine member countries of the European Union. During the 1980s, both poverty and inequality increased in Italy, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium, while decreases in both poverty and inequality are observed for Spain and Portugal. In Greece only inequality increased. For most countries for which income-based results are available, these move in the same direction as the consumption-based results. However, this sensitivity analysis yields considerable differences in the ranking of countries and the magnitude of the changes.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Population Economics.

Volume (Year): 14 (2001)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 367-390

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:14:y:2001:i:2:p:367-390

Note: Received: 13 June 1997/Accepted: 29 February 2000
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Keywords: Poverty · inequality · European Union;

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  1. Shahateet, Mohammed, 2006. "How Serious is Regional Economic Inequality in Jordan? Evidence from Two National Household Surveys," MPRA Paper 57118, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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