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Poverty Statics And Dynamics: Does The Accounting Period Matter?


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  • Olga Cantó

    (Universidad de Vigo.)

  • Coral del Río

    (Universidad de Vigo.)

  • Carlos Gradín

    (Universidad de Vigo.)


. Deciding on over what period should household income be measured in order to assess poverty may have significant effects on the incidence, the characterisation of poverty and its persistence. In general, there are two possible household income variables available in household surveys: Annual or current income. Surprisingly, the literature on poverty offers few pieces of research on this matter. In this paper we use a sub-annual panel on incomes for Spain in order to measure the effects of the income accounting period on both the statics (incidence and characterisation) and dynamics of poverty (mobility, exit and entry rates). Our analysis indicates that the accounting period option matters for results on poverty statics and dynamics.

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Paper provided by Instituto de Estudios Fiscales in its series Working Papers with number 22-02 Classification-JEL : D1, D31, I32..

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Keywords: income distribution; sensitivity analysis; accounting period; poverty statics; poverty dynamics; Spain.;


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  1. Jürgen Faik, 2011. "A new framework of measuring inequality: Variable equivalence scales and group-specific well-being limits. Sensitivity findings for German personal income distribution 1995-2009," Working Papers 219, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  2. repec:ese:iserwp:2002-27 is not listed on IDEAS
  3. Carsten Schröder, 2012. "The sensitivity of distributional measures to the reference period of income," Kiel Working Papers 1777, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  4. Francisco Azpitarte, 2008. "Measurement and Identification of Asset-Poor Households: A Cross-National Comparison of Spain and the United Kingdom," Working Papers 105, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.
  5. E Barcena & Frank Cowell, 2006. "Static and dynamic poverty in Spain, 1993-2000," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library 2678, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  6. Olga Cantó & Coral del Río & Carlos Gradín, 2003. "La evolución de la pobreza estática y dinámica en España en el período 1985-1995," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, IEF, vol. 167(4), pages 87-119, December.
  7. Coral del Río & Carlos Gradín & Olga Cantó, 2006. "What helps households with children in leaving poverty? Evidence from Spain," Working Papers 24, ECINEQ, Society for the Study of Economic Inequality.


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