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A Feminisation of Poverty in Great Britain?

  • Wright, Robert E

In most industrialized.nations, women are overrepresented in the ranks of the poor. Furthermore, it is often argued that this gender-based disadvantage has increased over time. In this paper, the author tests this so-called "feminization of poverty" hypothesis in Great Britain. Cross-sectional data from three years of the Family Expenditure Survey (1968, 1977, and 1986) are used. A poverty measure that is additively decomposable with population share weights, and is consistent with A. K. Sen's axiomatic approach to poverty measurement, is used to decompose the "total" amount of poverty into male and female "shares." Somewhat surprisingly, this decomposition lends no support to the feminization of poverty hypothesis. Copyright 1992 by The International Association for Research in Income and Wealth.

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Article provided by International Association for Research in Income and Wealth in its journal Review of Income & Wealth.

Volume (Year): 38 (1992)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 17-25

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